Oregon Coalition to Stop Wage Theft



Wage theft is the widespread and illegal practice of not paying workers for some or all of their work.


It happens when employers:

• Pay less than the minimum wage

• Don’t pay overtime

• Force employees to work ‘off the clock‘ or ‘under the table,’

• Issue paychecks that bounce

• Steal tips

• Deny legally required meal and rest breaks

• Or don’t pay workers at all.

The Coalition works toward  the following objectives:


• Stronger Laws

Current employment laws are failing to protect all of Oregon’s workers, many of whom can no longer assume they will get paid for all of the hours worked – or that they’ll get paid at all.

• Stronger Enforcement

Unfortunately, strong laws aren’t enough to ensure that all employers will do the right thing.  While a majority of Oregon employers follow the law, some are cutting costs in ways that hurt workers and the businesses forced to compete.

• Stronger Communities

Wage theft hurts workers and their families, decent employers and the taxpayers who must foot the bill for the lost revenue on wages that aren’t paid.  When workers, faith communities, honest employers, and unions work together, they can stop wage theft.

Click here to download our Information Sheet.

Oregon coalition to stop wage theft

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