Workers Receive Over $9K in Back Pay
ALACHUA COUNTY, Fla. -- Workers have received over $9000 in back pay since Alachua County's wage theft ordinance took effect this year.
The County Commission was given a progress report on the program.
The highest amount of complaints came from restaurant workers, followed by construction and skilled laborers.
A total of 68 claims have been made, more than 20 of which became formal complaints.
Some County Commissioners believe the program is a success because it is local, with County Commissioner Hutch Hutchinson saying, that if it weren't, "You'd have to deal with someone in either Jacksonville or Miami and it might take six months or a year to get around to you, so particularly for smaller cases people end up walking away from that money and that's not right."
Forms of wage theft include unpaid overtime, sub-minimum wage pay and withheld final paychecks.
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