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As the stock market, corporate profits and worker productivity have reached record highs, average employee compensation has reached record lows. But perhaps most troubling is the fact that American workers are getting robbed – literally – in the form of wage theft, or the illegal withholding or denial of compensation owed.
Millions of workers each year are forced to work for less than minimum wage, do not receive overtime pay when they come in early or stay late, have illegal deductions taken out of their paychecks, or have their timesheets falsified.
Tipped employees face additional challenges since tips can be stolen and because employers often do not make up the difference when tips fall below the minimum wage, as they are required to do.
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Wage theft also happens when workers are misclassified as independent contractors, who are not covered by overtime rules and do not receive overtime pay when they work more than 40 hours a week. While misclassification may not always be intentional, not having to pay overtime is a huge boon to employers and a significant loss of income for the misclassified worker.
Truck drivers, home health aides and construction workers are often misclassified as exempt or independent...