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Wage Wage Theft by employers increases

Since the economic downturn, a growing number of employers have violated wage and labor laws enacted 75 years ago in response to worker mistreatment prevalent during the Depression. Employers in this floundering economy have increasingly denied workers benefits and mandatory overtime pay. Some have doctored time sheets and even failed to pay minimum wage. The practice is widespread in low-wage jobs such as waiting tables or cleaning hotel rooms but has been bleeding into middle-class professions. And studies show that victims can lose up to 20 percent of their earnings due to what  "wage theft."