Monday numbers

Monday numbers

- in Fitzsimon File

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(The source for the items in this edition of Monday numbers is “Wage Theft in North Carolina; The Hidden Crime Wave Robbing Workers and Communities,” by Sabine Schoenbach of the N.C. Justice Center)

33 million—amount in dollars of the minimum amount of wages stolen from North Carolina workers in the last five years by employers

1,243—number of wage and hour cases brought against employers in the retail/service industries in North Carolina in 2012

634—number of wage and hour cases brought against employers in restaurants in North Carolina in 2012

489—number of wage and hour cases brought against employers home health care in North Carolina in 2012

68—percentage of workers in three largest U.S cities who experienced at least one pay-related workplace violation in the previous week according to 2009 survey conducted by the National Employment Law Project

20—percentage of workers who experienced a pay-related violation who did not complain

43—percentage of those workers who did complain about a pay-related violation who experienced illegal retaliation as a result of their complaint

26—percentage of workers in three largest U.C. cities who were paid below the minimum wage

76—percentage of workers in three largest U.S. cities who worked overtime hours and were not paid at the overtime rate

46—percentage of day laborers surveyed across 20 states and the District of Columbia who had been completely denied payment by employers in the last two months before a survey

52—-percentage rate of compliance with federal wage and hour laws by the hotel/motel industry in the Southeast in survey by the U.S. Department of Labor

26—percentage rate of compliance with federal wage and hour laws in daycare industry in Georgia in survey by the U.S. Department of Labor

25—percentage of tobacco workers in North Carolina that reported in earning less than the federal minimum wage in a 2011 survey

0—number of workers surveyed who chose to file a complaint regarding their wages because of fear of retaliation from their employer

100—percentage of poultry plants in random survey by the U.S. Department of Labor found to be violating federal labor law by not paying employees for all the hours worked

83—percentage of North Carolina’s job growth in the last ten years that has occurred in industries paying average wages below the Living Income Standard that is required to make ends meet

About the author

Chris Fitzsimon, Founder and Executive Director of N.C. Policy Watch, writes the Fitzsimon File, delivers a radio commentary broadcast on WRAL-FM and hosts "News and Views," a weekly radio news magazine that airs on multiple stations across North Carolina.
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