Lawsuits claiming “wage theft” on the rise

The New York Times (9/1, Greenhouse, Subscription Publication, 9.79M) reported on “a flood of recent cases that accuse employers of violating minimum wage and overtime laws, erasing work hours and wrongfully taking employees’ tips.” Advocates for workers “call these practices ‘wage theft,’ insisting it has become far too prevalent,” and some Federal and state officials agree, arguing “that more companies are violating wage laws than ever before” and “pointing to the record number of enforcement actions they have pursued.” The Times notes that many business groups “counter that government officials have drummed up a flurry of wage enforcement actions, largely to score points with union allies,” and that employers have actually “become more scrupulous in complying with wage laws.”