If you steal money from your job your employer will fire you and report you to the police. You will walk out of your job humiliated and in handcuffs.
Yet when your employer steals money from you: fails to pay overtime and regular wages, commissions, bonuses, tips, stock options, forces you to pay for uniforms, makes mystery deductions from your pay, or refuses to pay your final paycheck chances are nothing will happen except an increase to their profit margin.
Report wage theft to the police and nine times they will tell you that its a “civil matter”. The same police department that will arrest you and charge you with a felony if you steal $1000 from your job, will do nothing when a corporation steals $100,000.00 per year from their employees’ wages.
When your employer steals your wages, call the Law Offices of James Dal Bon (408)466-5845, We can not charge your employer with a crime but we can make them pay you back the double the wages they stole from you, plus penalties, interest and even your attorney’s fees being forced to file a civil action to recover wages.
Wage theft is the most wide spread property crime in the United States:
Employers steal more than 19 billion dollars from the pockets of their employees, that is more than robbers, auto thieves, larcenists and burglars combined have stolen from their victims.
The Economic Policy Institute found that “2.4 million workers lose $8 billion annually (an average of $3,300 per year for year-round workers) to minimum wage violations—nearly a quarter of their earned wages. This form of wage theft affects 17 percent of low-wage workers, with workers in all demographic categories being cheated out of pay.”
The study just affirms my experience representing workers in California’s Silicon Valley. Wage theft impacts the poor more than others, but every demographic is effected, from day laborers to executives. I have represented gardeners, janitors, restaurant workers, constructions workers, engineers, lawyers, doctors, computer programmers, (even a kung fu master trafficked from China* ) in hundreds of cases over the past 10 years. If you suffer wage theft please call me (408)466-5845. Everyone is treated with respect.
*Sun v. SIFU MENG’S International Kung Fu Academy, Inc et al 5:04-cv-05405-HRL
Call the Law Offices of James Dal Bon (408) 466-5845.