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The Wage Theft Ordinance which is governed by Chapter 22 of the Code of Miami-Dade County and became effective on February 28, 2010, applies to private sector employees and employers.

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SFIWJ is a leading worker advocacy organization. Our mission is to involve the faith community in issues that will improve the wages, benefits, and employment conditions of workers, especially low-wage workers in South Florida.

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Faith ReflectionBy Father Frank Corbishley From St.Bede Chapel

The Federal minimum wage, had it kept current with inflation, would be $10.74. Instead, the current Federal minimum wage is $7.25. This means that, in real dollar terms...

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What is Wage Theft?

Wage theft is a national epidemic although, until recently, it has not had a name. Wage theft includes not being paid for overtime, being paid less than minimum wage, or not being paid what has been promised.

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How To File a
Wage Theft Claim

Before submitting an intake form (available in Spanish and English), make sure that your claim deals with wages totaling $60.00 or more and you have proper documentation to support your claim (this includes: time stamps, hour documentation, income tax forms such as W-2 form, or pay stubs).

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Miami-Dade is the first county in the nation to adopt a countywide wage theft law!

Friday, August 12, 2016

The Wage Theft Ordinance which is governed by Chapter 22 of the Code of Miami-Dade County and became effective on February 28, 2010, applies to private sector employees and employers. The Wage Theft Ordinance policy is to "eliminate and prevent wage theft. Eliminating the underpayment or nonpayment of wages earned by persons working in the County serves the public purpose by promoting economic security and dignity for those working in the County; by promoting business and economic development through the elimination of unfair economic competition by unscrupulous businesses that do not pay or that underpay their employees"; and to relieve "the burden on the public that subsidize unscrupulous employers whose employees are forced to rely on public assistance because of unpaid or underpaid wages." An employer who is found to have violated the Wage Theft Ordinance by unlawfully failing to pay any portion of wages due will have to pay back-pay and liquidated damages to the employee in addition to administrative fees and hearing costs.


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