When it comes to wage theft, a company's popularity isn't a measure of how well it treats its employees. Just ask Lowell’s Restaurant, a reputable attraction in Seattle’s Pike Place Market for more than 60 years. The eatery recently settled a lawsuit involving 186 current and former workers on ...
Employee wage theft can be so subtle that it goes unnoticed for years. A few dollars here and there may seem harmless. But over time, it can add up to enough to make a lower-wage worker’s life a lot harder. It may also be a sign that an employer is stealing from workers in other ways.  Tha...
Starting in about six months, for the first time in more than 15 year, salaried workers in Washington state who earn more than $23,700 a year will be eligible for overtime pay. The new overtime protections, finalized last week by Washington’s Department of Labor & Industries, are the first st...
Seattle’s $15 minimum wage may have been a win for workers trying to make a living in an increasingly expensive city, but other wage challenges that have accompanied its implementation make clear that the fight for fair compensation isn’t over. That was made clear in a $2.4 million settleme...
If you want to get a light penalty for committing a crime, you’re better off cheating employees of their earned wages than stealing a pair of designer shoes or the latest electronics off the shelf at your local retailer. That’s what a recent report shows in the Demos research brief, The Ste...
In total dollars, what group steals the most from their fellow Americans each year? The answer may come as a surprise: it's employers, many of whom are committing systematic wage theft. And this isn't just a matter of underpaying workers. Many are actually refusing to pay workers what they're...
As Los Angeles prepares to follow in Seattle’s footsteps by increasing the minimum wage, cities across the U.S. must also take steps to enforce wage and workers’ compensation laws, and protect the rights of workers victimized by wage theft. While wage theft has always been around, this form o...
Last week Governor Andrew M. Cuomo ordered emergency measures to address the rampant wage theft and health hazards defining working conditions of employees in New York’s nail salon industry. Unfortunately, these same problems are an epidemic across the U.S. Effective immediately, Cuomo’s statem...
In a recent article warning about the trend to categorize an increasing number of Americans as “independent contractors,” economist Robert Reich offered the following comparison between Uber and General Motors: GM is worth around $60 billion, and has over 200,000 employees. Its front-line worke...
On Tuesday the U.S. Supreme Court handed a victory to companies over workers, ruling that employers are not obligated to pay workers for extra time spent in security checks at the end of their shifts. The case emerged from workers in an Amazon.com Inc. warehousing contractor, Integrity Staffing Solu...