A new study suggests that wage theft often goes unreported in San Diego County.
The survey of roughly 300 workers shows that a lack of information and fear of retaliation are among the top reasons why claims are rarely filed against an employer.<
Most ‘wage theft’ claims deal with workers not getting paid the legal minimum wage or overtime. The study was carried out by the San Diego State Department of Sociology, the Center on Policy Initiatives and the Employee Rights Center of San Diego. It shows that over the last year, an estimated 40,000 local workers were not paid the legal minimum wage in San Diego and Imperial Counties.
Most people are afraid to come forward,” said Director of the Center on Policy Initiatives, Kyra Greene. “While the violations are taking place and they’re actively hoping to get at least some of their pay.”
The study was released July 11, one year after San Diego’s Earned Sick Leave and Minimum Wage Ordinance became law back in 2016.
The construction, restaurant, retail and transportation industry are among the most affected by ‘wage theft.’
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