New Brunswick becomes first town in state to adopt ordinance banning wage theft

Osiris Nunez - Tuesday, December 31, 2013

By Sue Epstein/The Star-Ledger on December 31, 2013 at

NEW BRUNSWICK — Israel Lopez emigrated from Mexico to New Brunswick looking for a better life for his family. He got a job at a deli in the city, but realized sometime later that he was being paid less than the legal minimum wage. 

Lopez, 36, didn’t say anything to his boss because "I didn’t know how to recover my wages without being fired."

His dilemma is the same one suffered by thousands of workers in New Jersey and nationwide — they are the victims of wage theft, according to two community activist groups that fought for Lopez and other New Brunswick residents in the same situation. Full article here.

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