Despite the efforts of Hadsell Stormer Richardson & Renick and many other firms and government agencies, low income workers continue to suffer wage and hour violations at an alarming rate. A recent study concluded that even prior to the recent recession, as many as 68% of low-wage workers suffer wage and hour violations regularly. Many employers refuse overtime pay, require off-the-clock work, or prevent workers’ compensation claims, among other violations. Violations are more predominate in apparel and textile manufacturing, personal and repair services, as well as in private households. The study’s authors indicated that stricter enforcement of labor laws is necessary, whether through government enforcement or private civil actions, and that the most effective method of preventing violations is the education of workers of their rights and access to legal resources and representation regardless of immigration status or the ability to read and write English.
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