When Your Boss Steals Your Wages: The Invisible Epidemic That’s Sweeping America

2012 The Awakening

 

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Editor’s note: This article is part of an ongoing AlterNet series, “The Age of Fraud.

Imagine you’ve just landed a job with a big-time retailer. Your task is to load and unload boxes from trucks and containers. It’s back-breaking work. You toil 12 to 16 hours a day, often without a lunch break. Sweat drenches your clothes in the 90-degree heat, but you keep going: your kids need their dinner. One day, your supervisor tells you that instead of being paid an hourly wage, you will now get paid for the number of containers you load or unload. This will be great for you, your supervisor says: More money!  But you open your…

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