New report documents wage theft in North Carolina

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.”

You can read the release that accompanied the report by clicking here and the full report by clicking here.



  1. Frank Burns

    September 26, 2012 at 11:12 am

    I am against all forms of wage theft, including that from the government which takes healthy bites (social security, federal taxes, state taxes, medicare) from my paycheck each month.

  2. david esmay

    September 26, 2012 at 2:11 pm

    Taxes are at their lowest levels in 80 years, you have no argument Frank. Let’s just abandon the idea of roads and bridges, clean air and water, and toss in education. Who needs any of those things?

  3. Frank Burns

    September 26, 2012 at 4:13 pm

    We can reduce taxes! And we should! We can do those other things too while cutting taxes. Just not as much as we are doing now.

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