Wage Theft Conversation Takes Off with Uber

Wage theft is getting a lot of attention lately. In my May 30th blog I discussed an EPI report that went into detail concerning wage theft in the United States.  But is wage theft even more rampant than that report indicated? A recent article in the New York Times concerns how Uber is just discovering they have been miscalculating the commissions paid their drivers and are getting ready to pay tens of millions in back payments. But a driver’s advocacy group in New York is indicating that the company is also making its drivers swallow the per cab ride tax burden imposed by New York.  This practice, according to the New York Taxi Workers Alliance amounts to wage theft. It all boils down to how the contracts are interpreted and only the courts will decide in the end.  But it is food for thought.  Are major corporations guilty of wage theft as a matter of business practice? This is a disturbing questions that must be answered.

What do you think?  Is wage theft a serious problem in the U.S.?  Take our poll or leave a comment.

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