Low-Wage Workers Constantly Being Cheated Out Of Pay, Study Shows

Low-Wage Workers Constantly Being Cheated Out Of Pay, Study Shows September 2, 2009

It’s no fair ordeal being among the working-poor in the United States:


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  • doug

    This is something near and dear to my heart. I don’t think that NY, LA, and Chicago are representative of the rest of the country, but it does happen. Most violations I’ve seen involve forcing work off the clock. Reading the actual study, it appears the more vulnerable you are, i.e. non-English speaking, illegal alien, or economically disadvantaged, the more likely you are to be victimized. A non-quantifiable factor includes poor treatment by management. The lower the wage the job is, the more likely one is to be poorly treated by management, including such things as verbal abuse and lack of consideration for family time, schooling, etc.

    I was surprised by the low percentage of work comp claims. I assume it is due to lack of knowledge. Threats against filing a claim do occur. Those are actually prosecutable in most states, but unfortunately it rarely happens. It is a form of worker’s compensation fraud.

    In my state the work force is fairly well educated about employment law, however violations still happen. In most instances, workers have recourse, often free of charge through state regulatory agencies, and without the need to retain an attorney.

  • Kurt

    The National Employment Law Project does great work for a relatively small organization.

  • ben

    To make matters worse the poor often end up paying more for goods and services than those who are more comfortable.

    I think too many do not realize that rent-to-own appliances and furniture end up costing many many more times what they would cost elsewhere, even if purchased on credit.

  • markdefrancisis

    Two very good books on the sad plight of low-wage earners in the United States today are David Shipler’s “The Working Poor: Invisibe in America”; and Barbara Ehrenreich’s “Nickel & Dimed”.