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“Wage Theft Is a Crime”

On April 30, 2014, the California Labor Commissioner launched a statewide public awareness campaign called “Wage Theft is A Crime,” and introduced a new website, wagetheftisacrime.com.  There is a sister website in Spanish, robodesueldoesuncrimen.com.

The campaign addresses how to identify wage theft, workers’ rights and responsibilities related to wage and hour as well as other labor laws, and how to report problems or labor law violations. The campaign gives employees a step-by-step guide on gathering facts against their employers and filing a wage claim.

The Labor Commissioner cites examples of “wage theft” as paying less than minimum wage, not paying worker’s overtime, not allowing workers to take meal and rest breaks, or taking workers’ tips.