A new report from the N.C. Justice Center and the UNC Immigration/Human Rights Policy Clinic explores the stories of 10 typical North Carolina workers who have experienced what appears to be a growing trend in our state: wage theft (i.e. an employer’s underpayment or nonpayment of wages to workers who have earned those wages).
“While each worker’s story is unique, common themes emerged from the interviews,” said Sabine Schoenbach, a Policy Analyst with the Workers’ Rights Project at the NC Justice Center and co-author of the report. “For all participants, wage theft created economic uncertainty, and even small wage violations had significant financial consequences. Moreover, serious barriers to redress, including the threat of retaliation, existed.”