While Los Angeles low-wage workers alone lose $1.4 billion to wage theft every year, workers in Chicago and New York are close behind. Collectively, the three cities account for $3 billion in wage theft each year.
Examples of wage theft: not paying at all, paying below minimum wage, not paying overtime, not allowing workers to take meal and rest breaks, not paying for required sick leave or taking workers’ tips, paying employees with invalid checks with insufficient funds, breaking promises to pay at a later date or forcing employees to record fewer hours than actually worked on timesheets.
Los Angeles is the wage theft capital of the U.S.
At least 650,000 low-wage workers in Los Angeles lose $26.20 million in wage theft each week. [...] Wage theft is not generally limited to one-time mistakes, but rather workers who are already making under $20,000 are shorted an average of $2,070 annually, although many of our cases include wage theft amounts that are much larger.