Sunday, May 17, 2009

Corporate America and Wage Theft

Kim Bobo has an interesting discussion of the subject. Having worked in corporate America all my working life, I particularly liked this part:

The worker who steals from the employer is fired and may go to jail. The consumer who shoplifts goes to jail. The employer who steals wages will probably not get caught. In the last decade, if an employer were caught stealing wages, the employer might have to pay back the wages, but probably not all the wages actually owed. Hopefully, the consequences for employers who steal wages will be more significant under the leadership of Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis.

This part is good as well:

On the other hand, there does seem to be a culture permeating many companies that suggests that the lowest wage you can get away with is the best wage. And given the pervasiveness of wage theft, we need some huge shifts - not only in wage enforcement but business culture.

At any rate, go read the rest...

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