When an employer does not pay his or her employees all of the money and benefits that they are rightfully owed, this is known as wage theft. According to a recent news article from Pasadena Star News, wage theft is a serious problem in California.
The worst part is that the employees who are victims of wage theft are often the lowest paid or minimum wage workers, so this creates an even greater hardship on people who are working desperately so they can take care of themselves and their families. To get an understanding of how big the problem has become in our area, a recent study from the Economic Policy Institute shows that around $2 billion per year is stolen due to minimum wage violations alone. Continue reading