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SHORTCHANGED
HOW WAGE THEFT HARMS PENNSYLVANIA’S
WORKERS AND ECONOMY
A new report by the Sheller Center for Social Justice at Temple Law School
unmasks a shocking, but exceedingly common problem facing low-wage
workers in Pennsylvania. Wage theft, the illegal non-payment or under-
payment of wages, is a pervasive problem hurting hundreds of thousands
of low-wage workers across the state each week.
IN ANY GIVEN WORKWEEK
400,000ALMOST
PENNSYLVANIANS
EXPERIENCE A MINIMUM WAGE
OVER 300,000
PENNSYLVANIANS
EXPERIENCE AN
OVERTIME VIOLATION
OVER 250,000
PENNSYLVANIANS
ARE NOT PAID FOR OFF-THE-CLOCK
WORK BEFORE AND AFTER THEIR SHIFT
AVERAGE WEEKLY EARNINGS
STOLEN
Every dollar taken from a Pennsylvania worker is a dollar unspent in
the local economy. Further, when employers evade paying wages,
Pennsylvania loses out on state income tax revenue. These millions
of dollars in income tax could be used to fund schools, improve
roads, and provide much needed services to Pennsylvania citizens.
“I WAS SO FRUSTRATED AND I WANTED TO BREAK DOWN
AND CRY BECAUSE I COULDN’T SPEND ANOTHER WEEK
NOT BEING ABLE TO FEED MY CHILDREN, HAVING TO
CHOOSE BETWEEN BREAD, EGGS, OR MILK.”
THEFT
15% FROM LOW WAGE WORKERS
PENNSYLVANIA WORKERS
IN WAGES	
  
$19-$32 MILLION	
  
LOSE A TOTAL OF	
  
RECOMMENDATIONS FOR
FIXING WAGE THEFT
STRENGTHEN STATE
AND LOCAL LAWS
IMPROVE STATE AGENCY
ENFORCEMENT
•  INCREASE MONETARY
PENALTIES
•  REVOKE OR SUSPEND
BUSINESS LICENSES
•  CREATE WAGE LIENS
•  INCREASE OR TOLL
THE STATUTE OF
LIMITATIONS
•  INCREASE FUNDING TO
DEPARTMENT OF LABOR
•  CREATE SYSTEM TO
PRIORITIZE COMPLAINTS
•  CREATE PROCESS FOR
CONFIDENTIAL
COMPLAINTS
•  INCREASE USE OF
CRIMINAL PENALTIES
-NATASHA
	
  
$ FINAL
THOUGHT
	
  
ONE
	
  

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Shortchanged: How Wage Theft Harms Pennsylvania's Workers and Economy

  • 1. $ Read  the  full  report  at:   h/p://bit.ly/CSJWageThe;Report   SHORTCHANGED HOW WAGE THEFT HARMS PENNSYLVANIA’S WORKERS AND ECONOMY A new report by the Sheller Center for Social Justice at Temple Law School unmasks a shocking, but exceedingly common problem facing low-wage workers in Pennsylvania. Wage theft, the illegal non-payment or under- payment of wages, is a pervasive problem hurting hundreds of thousands of low-wage workers across the state each week. IN ANY GIVEN WORKWEEK 400,000ALMOST PENNSYLVANIANS EXPERIENCE A MINIMUM WAGE OVER 300,000 PENNSYLVANIANS EXPERIENCE AN OVERTIME VIOLATION OVER 250,000 PENNSYLVANIANS ARE NOT PAID FOR OFF-THE-CLOCK WORK BEFORE AND AFTER THEIR SHIFT AVERAGE WEEKLY EARNINGS STOLEN Every dollar taken from a Pennsylvania worker is a dollar unspent in the local economy. Further, when employers evade paying wages, Pennsylvania loses out on state income tax revenue. These millions of dollars in income tax could be used to fund schools, improve roads, and provide much needed services to Pennsylvania citizens. “I WAS SO FRUSTRATED AND I WANTED TO BREAK DOWN AND CRY BECAUSE I COULDN’T SPEND ANOTHER WEEK NOT BEING ABLE TO FEED MY CHILDREN, HAVING TO CHOOSE BETWEEN BREAD, EGGS, OR MILK.” THEFT 15% FROM LOW WAGE WORKERS PENNSYLVANIA WORKERS IN WAGES   $19-$32 MILLION   LOSE A TOTAL OF   RECOMMENDATIONS FOR FIXING WAGE THEFT STRENGTHEN STATE AND LOCAL LAWS IMPROVE STATE AGENCY ENFORCEMENT •  INCREASE MONETARY PENALTIES •  REVOKE OR SUSPEND BUSINESS LICENSES •  CREATE WAGE LIENS •  INCREASE OR TOLL THE STATUTE OF LIMITATIONS •  INCREASE FUNDING TO DEPARTMENT OF LABOR •  CREATE SYSTEM TO PRIORITIZE COMPLAINTS •  CREATE PROCESS FOR CONFIDENTIAL COMPLAINTS •  INCREASE USE OF CRIMINAL PENALTIES -NATASHA   $ FINAL THOUGHT   ONE