Sunday, August 30, 2009

Wage Theft

Paycheck NPR had a story on Friday about the problem of wage theft in post-Katrina New Orleans.  As the story notes, the problem isn't limited to New Orleans, but the reconstruction and influx of immigrants there makes it a particularly large problem.  One figure in the story--that 80% of workers had faced some wage theft--was astonishing.  Of course, in some states, the legal recourse is even worse, as there's nothing more than federal minimum wage protection or a near impossible to recover contract claim available.

Also, kudos for Loyola-L.A.'s law clinic for their work in this area.  It's something there's definitely a need for.

-JH

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