Miami-Dade leaders to fight wage theft

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Posted: Nov 19, 2009 1:29 PM

Miami-Dade Commissioner Natasha Seijas announced a plan to combat the problem of wage theft _ an effort that could serve as a model for cities nationwide.

Thursday morning's announcement is part of a series of actions across the country to raise awareness about the issue of workers being underpaid or forced to work long hours with no overtime. Wage theft happens every day to thousands of mostly low-income, often immigrant, workers. The most egregious cases often go to trial, but most don't. With the economic downturn, the problem is only getting worse.

Community and religious leaders in Boston, Chicago, Denver, Los Angeles and other cities will also hold demonstrations and other events.

The Miami-Dade County Commission is likely to take up the issue in January.