Workers Defense Statement on DOL Wage theft findings in Austin restaurant industry

October 4, 2016

Workers Defense Statement on DOL Wage theft findings in Austin restaurant industry

Wage Theft is a Crime

Statement

“The Department of Labor’s findings support what Workers Defense Project has known for years: Far too often, low wage workers in Austin and across Texas are routinely exploited. Employers who rob working men and women in Texas of their hard earned pay should be held accountable to the fullest extent of the law.”

Background Information

  • Workers Defense Project found in a study done in collaboration with the University of Texas that over 50% of workers report not receiving overtime pay.
  • Thanks to work done by groups like Workers Defense across the state, wage theft is now a crime in Texas.
  • Austin, Texas is now the most economically segregated metro area in the country, according to a recent study.
  • Since 2002, Workers Defense Project has won back $1.5 million in back wages for over 1,5000 low-wage Texas workers.

 

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