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Workers Persevere to Hold Construction Contractors Accountable

By Sally Dworak-Fisher, Public Justice Center, on the website of the Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law

March 12, 2014: It has been 75 years since the passage of this country’s bedrock wage and hour legislation, the Fair Labor Standards Act. This important statute established the minimum wage, overtime, the 40-hour work week, and restrictions on child labor. Yet today, much of its promise remains unfulfilled as workers struggle to make ends meet on meager wages that have not kept up with inflation, and far too many workers remain exempt from even the Act’s minimal protections. Worse yet, as the economy has sputtered and more workers compete for low-quality jobs in an increasingly non-unionized workforce, vulnerable workers often encounter an epidemic of wage theft that further erodes their economic security.

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