Wage theft is a crisis facing families across our state and country. It harms workers and their families, businesses and communities. Wage theft hurts people in every industry in every corner of Minnesota. In addition to construction workers, wage theft affects office workers, janitors, service sector employees, and more. It occurs in many forms, including: Employers simply not paying workers for work performed; Employers not paying workers overtime pay when applicable; Employers shaving time off of workers’ time records; and Employers withholding money from workers’ pay for expenses or other purposes without authorization.
Wage theft is real and it is a problem. The Minnesota Department of Labor & Industry (DLI) estimates that nearly 40,000 workers are not paid an average of $11.9 million each year. DLI has recovered over $4.8 million for Minnesota workers over the past five years. National studies have indicated that wage theft costs American workers more than $50 billion a year. That’s more than three times the $14 billion lost annually to robberies, burglaries, larcenies and vehicle thefts combined.
We support increased enforcement and accountability at all levels of government.