Wage Theft in America: Why Millions of Working Americans Are Not Getting Paid—And What We Can Do About It

In what has been described as “the crime wave no one talks about,” billions of dollars worth of wages are stolen from millions of workers in the United States every year—a grand theft that exceeds every other larceny category. Even the Economic Policy Foundation, a business-funded think tank, has estimated that companies annually steal an incredible $19 billion in unpaid overtime. The scope of these abuses is staggering, but activists, unions, and policymakers—along with everyday Americans in congregations and towns across the country—have begun to take notice.

While the first edition of Wage Theft in America documented the scope of the problem, this new edition adds the latest research on wage theft and tells what community, religious, and labor activists are now doing to address the crisis—from passing state and local wage-theft bills to establishing mayoral task forces and tapping agencies that help low-wage workers in spotting wage theft. Offering a sweeping analysis of the crisis, citing hard-hitting statistics and heartbreaking first-person accounts of exploitation at the hands of employers, this new and updated edition of Wage Theft in America offers concrete solutions and a roadmap for putting an end to this insidious practice.

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By Bill (Madison, WI) · ★★★☆☆ · April 06, 2010
Not a bad reminder of all of those whose employers fail to pay wages correctly under the law. Bobo misses the boat on the issue of private lawsuits, which are the true deterrent to employers. ...more
By Tracy (The United States) · ★★★★☆ · October 02, 2013
Good primer on wage theft. ...more