New Wage Theft Ordinance gets boost from Somerville Jobs Trust

“Wage theft” occurs when an employer doesn’t properly pay an employee. It can result from misclassifying employees as contractors, from being forced to work “off the clock,” or intentionally shorting a paycheck. It’s a huge problem for workers everywhere. Nationwide, as much as $19 billion are stolen from workers every year in unpaid overtime and $40 to $60 billion in total wages are lost annually due to all forms of wage theft. Wage theft is most often perpetrated on those who work in restaurants, construction, landscaping, cleaning, and painting…