Houston City Council cracks down on wage theft

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HOUSTON, TX – So who do you think gets robbed the most? Banks, convenience stores, or how about fast food joints? Nope! Try low-wage workers.

A new report says more than $750 million are illegally withheld from workers in Houston each year. And nationally, we’re talking 68% of low-wage workers getting stiffed every week. That’s why the Houston City Council may soon decide if companies who are found guilty of wage theft should pay the price.

“Low-wage workers in the city who are affected by low wage theft every day have stood up, and they’re calling for justice,” said Laura Perez-Boston, of the Fe Y Justicia Worker Center.

If Houston approves the ordinance, it would become the first city in Texas and only the second major city in the southern part of the U.S. to do so. But, it seems like stopping people from stealing other people’s money should be a no-brainer.

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