It’s been more than two years since Palm Beach County began a new project to help victims of wage theft fight back. To date, the effort, headed up by the Legal Aid Society of Palm Beach County, has helped more than 60 workers recover more than $175,000 in missing pay.
This is good progress on an important issue. But as a new study shows, advocating for victims of wage theft is not enough. Even in cases where wage-theft victims prevail in court or mediation, recovering their pay is too often impossible. “Getting a judgment doesn’t always help you,” said John Foley, supervising attorney for Legal Aid’s Wage Dispute Project. “You’ve still got to get the cash in hand.”
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