Target: The United States Senate and House of Representatives
Goal: Stand up for American workers by passing the Wage Theft Prevention and Wage Recovery Act.
Companies across America have been stealing huge sums of worker wages with only paltry legal repercussions for far too long. For example, in the year 2011, workers in California and New York were cheated out of $1.7 billion from their paychecks. Current federal statutes only allow for compensation at a rate of $7.25 an hour. This prevents workers from actually recouping their real losses if their pay rate exceeds that number. Moreover, the penalties for wage prevention are not severe enough nor are they effectively enforced. The United States government needs to reform its approach to this widespread problem by passing the Wage Theft Prevention and Wage Recovery Act.
The Wage Theft Prevention and Wage Recovery Act would address the failures of the Department of Labor to adequately tackle wage theft on a number of fronts. To start, it would require employers to compensate for lost wages at a full and accurate rate while increasing fines levied against offenders to double the amount of unpaid wages.
It would also require employers to disclose terms of employments, records of employment, and pay stubs to their employees. Furthermore, the bill would direct the Department of Labor to inform the Department of Justice of each offense in order to ensure that prosecution is pursued in all relevant cases. These are important steps that must be taken in order to begin rectifying worker exploitation in our country.
We cannot continue to allow companies to steal from their workers. It is difficult enough to find and hold a job that pays a living wage in this country. Turning a blind eye to wage theft only puts workers in an even more difficult position. Sign to demand that the Wage Theft Prevention and Wage Recovery Act be passed.
Dear Members of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives,
Wage theft is a major problem in the United States. Workers in various industries all over the country continue to have their wages stolen from them by their employers. The Department of Labor has not done enough to ensure that offenders are effectively prosecuted nor to ensure that workers are adequately compensated for these crimes. We need to do more to protect workers from this rampant exploitation. This is why the Wage Theft Prevention and Wage Recovery Act must be passed.
Workers should be compensated for lost wages at a rate that is commensurate with their hourly or salary pay. Companies should be held accountable with stiffer laws and more robust prosecution tactics. The Wage Theft Prevention and Wage Recovery Act will deliver the reform we need by addressing the issue on all these fronts.
The working people of America deserve better protection from wage theft. I urge you to pass the Wage Theft Prevention and Wage Recovery Act.
[Your Name Here]
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