The United States Department of Labor released a report sometime last week detailing new efforts to ramp up enforcement of employers who have been violating laws protecting workers from wage and hour violations.
This comes as a welcome move as it seems to be more and more employers are partaking in this illegal practice, cheating workers everywhere out of money that is rightfully owed to them. In New York City alone, there has been dozens of reports in the previous months of nonpayment, failure to pay overtime, and failures to pay minimum wage.
The department of labor is hiring over 250 new investigators to process these claims of violations. This comes after interviews with nearly 4,000 workers resulted in the discovery of violations in almost every field in sector.
While this is good news for employees everywhere, it marks the beginning of the end of a long period of time where workers were routinely taken advantage of and cheated out of proper wages and rights. Hopefully, this will be a turning point in the battle against unfair labor practices and a victory for the rights of low income workers everywhere.