OMG!!! The bastards!!!
Mon Jun 18, 2012, 02:27 PM
The GOP Believes That You Are Not Even Entitled To A Paycheck For Hours You Have Worked
Last edited Mon Jun 18, 2012, 02:28 PM USA/ET - Edit history (1)
The Colorado GOP killed a bill that would have made it illegal for an employer to steal someones pay check or not pay them for work performed. This Democratically sponsored bill was too much regulation.
Since my days at DOL I have watched wage theft increase astronomically. Now that the GOP has effectively disabled the "wage and labor enforcement" divisions in most of the states in the country, if your employer does not pay you it is ok, it is NOT illegal to do so. And now there are no enforcement authorities except at the federal level. If you steal something from the employer it is probably going to be a felony.
Workers now have little defense on stolen wages. Such theft includes short checking by not paying for all the hours worked. Another is not paying overtime pay. For restaurant workers it is not making up the difference in tips versus minimum wage. Yet another is misclassifying workers. Paying a less than agreed upon working wage. Taking money out of checks for damaged employer property.
And there are many many ways that workers can find their pay short. The most ingenious way is to no pay for health care premiums agreed upon or taking taxes out for unemployment insurance that the employer is supposed to pay. And the worst of all is taking Medicare and FICA taxes out of the workers pay keeping it and not paying the employer's share.
So if you are in Colorado and your employer does not pay you, YOU ARE OUT OF LUCK! Your only recourse is to hire a lawyer.
PS. There is a link to Crooks And Liars explaining the epidemic of "wage theft" that now inflicts the US work force.
No wages for you!!!!