Wage theft is on the rise as the recession continues. What exactly is wage theft? Wage theft is the illegal underpayment or nonpayment of workers' wages. Yet according to the AP, wage theft has been getting worse. It has especially affected immigrant workers who fear getting reported to immigrations authorities even if they are in the U.S. legally.
AP quotes Mr. Fabian Gutierrez as saying, "All of us took abuse. We were disrespected." He was forced to work more than 60 hours a week, paid less than minimum wage and was never paid overtime. He took the abuse because he needed to take care of his wife and daughter. He never voiced his concern because he was worried he would lose his job. Wage theft and no overtime is what workers' rights groups claim are the most often cited complaints of employers.