BY: Veronica L. Stewart | IN: Employment Law
On February 4, 2014, Washington, D.C. Council-members Vincent Orange, Jim Graham, and Mary Cheh proposed the Wage Theft Prevention Act of 2014, a bill intended to amend the District’s broken wage recovery process.
According to Councilmember Orange, “For low wage earners, wage theft can result in severe consequences like missed payment, but also foreclosures and repossessions. But wage theft also hurts our economy. By cheating workers out of wages, employers who commit wage theft rob DC of revenues through tax and payroll fraud, which can depress consumer spending and stunt economic growth.”
The bill seeks to:
The Act would follow similar efforts and precedents in California, New York and Massachusetts, and coincides with a recently released policy proposal and wage theft report that revealed how employers are not held accountable for wage and hour law violations in the District.
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