“…For two years running Houston has added more millionaires to its population than any other city in the United States.
Near-millionaires are enjoying some nice upward mobility – especially those involved in the oil and gas industry.
Low-wage workers, on the other hand, aren’t faring too well in the city.
In fact, a recent report from Houston Interfaith Worker Justice (HIWJ) estimates that low-wage workers lose $753.2 million annually due to wage theft.
Wage theft can occur in many ways, including: workers being denied the minimum wage or overtime pay; stolen tips; illegal deductions from paychecks; people being forced to work off the clock;-
- or workers getting misclassified as independent contractors so they aren’t entitled to overtime or benefits.
“We’re not talking about a worker here or a worker there, it’s something that has a lot of ripple effects,” says José Eduardo Sanchez, campaign organizer with HIWJ.
“It impacts families, communities and local economies.”…”
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