Reports indicate that the number of wage theft victims in Texas and across the country continues to increase. Federal and state authorities believe they have seen an increase in the number of businesses that are accused of keeping rightful pay from employees from failure to pay overtime. Recently, people working as various warehouse personnel made a claim against their employer for the failure to pay overtime for extended hours they may have worked without compensation.
One of the employees claims that the physical duties often required long days, sometimes equating to 70-hour workweeks without overtime pay. The immigrant would continue to work overtime beyond his assigned work hours. He is one of many people who has suffered wage theft from their employer and have made the decision to speak out.
The group of victims made the decision to pursue a class-action lawsuit against their employer for their missing wages. Hundreds of workers claimed they were never compensated for their overtime hours. The company settled the suit for $21 million, allowing the back pay to be assigned to the appropriate parties as legally determined.
Some companies have been exposed to intentionally recording improper timesheets in an attempt to retain money and pay workers the minimum possible amount. Other businesses may choose to attempt loopholes describing employed positions and contractors in an attempt to avoid accusations of failure to pay overtime. A Texas worker who believes he or she has not received his or her rightful pay may also choose to pursue professional assistance in confronting his or her employer.
Source: The New York Times, "More Workers Are Claiming 'Wage Theft'", Steven Greenhouse, Aug. 31, 2014