Here’s another thing that pisses me off about the whole minimum wage thing.
In 2012 alone over $900 million dollars were repaid in wage theft.
Let that sink in.
Were BACK PAID.
Due to their wages being LITERALLY STOLEN.
BY THEIR EMPLOYERS.
This can be cases of not paying overtime, making workers pay for various things on the job that the job should be supplying, docking pay, making them work off the clock and a variety of things to garnish already meager wages.
And these are JUST the cases that people got pissed off enough to finally report and take them to court, not counting those who don’t notice, can’t afford to lose their job so can’t complain, can’t afford to take the company to court in general, or just get such a run-around by the company that they’ll never see the conclusion of their case.
One of the reasons why we need to raise minimum wage isn’t just because people can’t afford to exist on it anymore, but these same people barely making it on minimum wage are STILL getting docked what pennies they have just so the company can rack up extra dollars on their backs.
Multi-billion dollar companies stealing from their own employees 3x more than all theft in the country combined.
Lets just think about that too.
If a minimum wage employee loses lets say 30 minutes a day of work due to theft that’s $600 per year that their company is stealing from them.
$600, that can be two months rent.
That could be food for 6 months.
That could be a bus pass for 2 years.
If you’re lucky $600 might not seem like much but for someone making $7.50/hr working 40hr/week an extra $600 could be the difference between living with your parents or getting your own place, between being able to pay a medical bill or going bankrupt, between having the power to quit that shitty job and take those community collage classes to get a better job or staying at that company that garnishes your wages because you have no other choice.
And why would a company do that?
Because stealing $600/year from every employee for a big company (say McDonalds?) can add up to over $240 million in bonus profits or stolen money off the books.