Posts tagged "Illinois Department of Labor"

UIC study: Car washes in Chicago exploit workers, violate wage and safety laws

UIC study: Car washes in Chicago exploit workers, violate wage and safety laws
On a bad day Oscar Olivares earns $5 a day in tips working as a car washer, a good day can get him $55, but most of the time the pay is somewhere in between and that’s his only income for that day. The 45-year-old Salvadorian immigrant has been working in this industry for eight... Read more »

Who’s the boss? Thompson Center employees aren’t sure who will pay their wages.

Updated: June 26. Marica Sitka has been cleaning the James R. Thompson Center since before it opened. In her 27 years at the state-owned building, the only real change has been in who signed her paycheck. Recently, though, that’s become an important distinction, as she and 21 other janitorial employees have been embroiled in a... Read more »

Low-wage workers facing wage theft fall between the cracks at the Illinois Department of Labor

Illinois has a good standing among other states around the country in terms of wage-theft law. It is one of 30 states that have criminal penalties for unpaid wages and one of six states that allow workers to file complaints anonymously. Its standing is so good, in fact, that a 2011 report on wage-theft legislation... Read more »
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