Without Cops on the Beat, the Great Worker Rip-Off Continues

Source: Catherine Ruckelshaus and Christine Owens, AlterNet, Posted April 9, 2009

Labor protections are non-existent for many low-wage workers. This is bad for workers, their families and for the economy.

For the third time in less than a year, the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) is reporting that protections guaranteed by the wage and hour laws are non-existent for many low-wage workers in this country, due in large part to failings of the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) in recent years. In recent testimony to the House Education and Labor Committee, the GAO announced the results of its undercover investigation into the DOL’s enforcement of wage and hour protections for these workers, and the news is disturbing.

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