Wage theft often goes unpunished despite state systems meant to combat it
If someone steals money from their employer, they could be guilty of a serious crime. But what if an employer takes money from their employee's paychecks?
There's a good chance they'll get away with it, a CBS News investigation found.
Whether it's paying less than minimum wage, withholding tips or pressuring staff to work off the clock, so-called wage theft siphons billions from Americans' paychecks. Through extensive data analysis and interviews with local, state and federal officials, along with victims of wage theft across the country, CBS News found the systems designed to protect those workers often fail.
CBS found that even when they win their cases, inconsistent enforcement and a patchwork of local, state and federal regulations means many victims are never paid a dime, while others are left waiting months or even years for a resolution.