07/16/2013 // Los Angeles, CA, USA // Keller Grover LLP // Eric Grover // (Blog)
I applaud the U.S. Labor Department’s effort to fight back against wage theft in the U.S.,” says LA wage-and-hour lawyer Eric Grover. Wage theft occurs daily across the U.S. affecting thousands of families, especially those working in low wage jobs. Efforts to focus on industries and geography where wage and hour violations are prevalent show an evolution in enforcement. Whether the crackdown is done one by one or focuses on trends, it’s time to step up the probes to hold employers accountable.
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Companies nationwide are engaging in an “epidemic” of wage and hour violations, denying their workers overtime pay and sometimes even the minimum wage, the Labor Department’s top lawyer says.
And as if to underline the point that DOL Solicitor Patricia Smith made at a New York University Law School symposium on June 6, her old agency, the New York Labor Department, said on June 12 that it’s stepping up its wage-and-hour probes too.
More Reading:The US Department of Labor has taken new approaches to investigating charges of wage and hour violations, calling the problem an “epidemic” across the country.