Posts tagged "wage theft"

Unjustly fired Rolf’s bakery workers win settlement for severance pay

Unjustly fired Rolf’s bakery workers win settlement for severance pay
More than 18 months after a group of workers first filed a lawsuit against Rolf’s Patisserie, Inc., for unpaid severance pay, the former employees of the Lincolnwood-based baker finally have a check in their hands. The 134 workers were fired from Rolf’s just before Christmas in December 2011, when the company closed its doors with... Read more »

Chicago City Council says no to wage theft, passes ordinance

Chicago City Council says no to wage theft, passes ordinance
Businesses in Chicago that try to cut costs by paying their workers below minimum wage or skimping on overtime are going to have to change their ways. If they don’t, the businesses will lose their licenses under an ordinance that the City Council unanimously passed on Wednesday. The ordinance aims to protect workers like Liliana... Read more »

What's Up This Week: Housing discrimination ordinance, social change films and your input on Chicago's budget

What's Up This Week: Housing discrimination ordinance, social change films and your input on Chicago's budget
Housing Discrimination. A proposed ordinance before the Cook County board would prevent landlords across the county from discriminating against low-income tenants who have housing vouchers. The Chicago Reporter investigates the ordinance, those who love it and those who don’t. Chicago International Social Change Film Festival. Now on the big screen: films that hope to change... Read more »
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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 »

Another Republic Windows? Patisserie workers fight alleged wage theft, firing

Another Republic Windows? Patisserie workers fight alleged wage theft, firing
For Deyanira Alvarez, Rolf’s Patisserie was like a second home. Not only were both her mother-in-law and brother-in-law employed there, the 25-year-old had been working at the bakery for four years. She wasn’t the only one–there were entire families working at Rolf’s in Lincolnwood. Those families got some unexpected and unfortunate news just days before... Read more »

Who's fighting for low-wage workers?

Many of us can’t imagine raising a family on $10 an hour. And yet, every day, thousands of Chicagoans do it. The U.S. government estimates that one-third of all American workers are “low-wage workers”–people who’s wages are so low that even if they worked full time, their wages wouldn’t lift them above poverty. So, what... Read more »
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Many poor people have a job--they just don't get paid

Poor people are poor because they don’t want to work, right? That’s what a lot of Americans believe. But imagine working 40 hours a week, even putting in overtime, and having nothing to show for it. That’s a reality for many of Chicago’s workers who experience wage theft–employers circumventing the law by paying under the... Read more »

Chicago workers fight back against stolen wages

Every week in Cook County, $7.3 million dollars is stolen, according to the Center for Urban Economic Development at the University of Illinois at Chicago. No, it’s not a bank heist or even a sticky-fingered politician. It’s wage theft–employers stealing money rightly owed to their employees. Thursday was the national day against wage theft, and... Read more »

Wanna get paid on time? Just hope your number gets drawn

It’s payday. Workers gather in the office to pick up their checks. But there won’t be any checks today – at least not for everyone. The big boss says there will be a lottery, and whoever wins will get paid. Don’t get your number pulled? Sorry. You may have worked a 40-hour week, but you... Read more »
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