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Digital Wage Theft Is a Common Violation in America

Wage theft is the failure to pay workers the full wage amount to which they are entitled.  According to a recent report by the Economic Policy Institute, wage theft is a $15 billion problem in the United States.  Wage theft can take many forms such as failing to pay workers the legally required minimum wage, failing to pay overtime wages of time-and-one-half to nonexempt workers, off-the-clock violations, deducting for meal breaks an employee works through, making deductions from tipped employee tips, and making other illegal deductions from wages for employer expenses such as breakages and returned items.

A type of wage theft that is becoming more common is digital wage theft. Examples of digital wage theft include time shaving to reduce digitally recorded worktime, timekeeping software that rounds down an employee’s start and end times in pre-defined amounts, and automatic break or meal period deductions even when an employee is not completely relieved of work duties.  If you believe your employer is violating the wage laws, contact an experienced wage and hour attorney at Bober & Bober, P.A. at (800) 995-9243.

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