Fil-Am workers advocates call for wage theft protection ordinance

By Balitang America Staff, ABS-CBN North America Bureau

April 22, 2014

REDWOOD CITY, Calif. – Members of People’s Association of Workers and Immigrants or PAWIS gathered in San Jose, Calif. on Monday to call for the passage of an ordinance that would protect workers from wage theft.

According to a report from the Santa Clara County Wage Theft Coalition, $88.4 million in owed wages were awarded to almost 200,000 workers who filed wage theft claims against their employers last year.

But only 33 percent of those workers received that money because they claim there is lack of enforcement on the government’s side.

The report also says that out of a nationwide survey about half of workers experienced some form of illegal retaliation, like getting fired or suspended when they complained about work conditions.

“They’re not able to live and work with dignity or send money to the Philippines because they are not paid correctly,” PAWIS activist Michael Tayag said. “So they are either paid bounced checks, they are not paid for all the hours they worked, they’re paid below minimum wage — just a lot of different forms of wage theft. We are here today to pass a local ordinance that will protect workers against abuses like that.”

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  • JRB
    23 June 2014 at 8:23 am - Reply

    Point #1 – All people that is from other countries should check first with who they going work for, to make sure that they get pay the right way, the right wage and they get pay the on time. In America the government protect the workers against wage abuses. If you work at a place that have workers abuses? Call the FBI and they will check on the owners. Please think before you get abuses at work the owners don’t worry about you but only them self.