Sunday, August 30, 2009
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.