Bloomberg Law
June 26, 2018, 10:31 AM

Prosecutors Treating ‘Wage Theft’ as a Crime in These States

Chris Opfer
Chris Opfer

When a business doesn’t pay workers minimum wages or overtime, it usually risks a government investigation or private lawsuit. In some states, companies and their officers may also be looking at criminal charges that could land them behind bars.

“We prosecute companies that have institutionalized theft as a business model,” Manhattan Assistant District Attorney Diana Florence said.

Prosecutors in New York and California are starting to view wage violations as an actual crime more often, as opposed to a matter for civil courts. Their approach could be a model for other states looking to beef up enforcement in an era ...

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