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Make plans now to attend the

Vote on the Wage Theft Ordinance
Monday, January 14th at 1:30 pm
Shelby County Building, 160 N. Main St.

The date of the ordinance vote could change, so be sure to sign up for WIN's email updates (on the upper right side of this page) so we can keep you informed.

It's time to get County Commissioners' attention, so they can see that Shelby County wants a local wage theft ordinance!

Are you an ethical business owner who wants to stop wage theft? Please consider adding your name to our business sign-on letter to County Commissioners.

Can't attend but want to help? Sign our petition to County Commissioners


Waiting tables to put yourself through college is tough. It's even tougher when the restaurant you work for is breaking the law by not paying minimum wage.

When Cynthia Marquez was a waitress at El Toro Loco on Poplar Ave., she was only paid customer tips - the restaurant paid her nothing. Some days she made just $60 after working 11 hours.

Cynthia isn't alone in experiencing wage theft. According to news reports by WREG, nurses and home care workers at Family Home Health Agency worked without pay for a month in June of 2012.

There are thousands of victims of wage theft in Shelby County: hard-working people who struggle to care for their families and pay their bills because of their employer's dishonesty.

Even though federal law requires all workers to be paid minimum wage, and most workers to be paid overtime, it's too easy for businesses to get away with stealing workers' wages. That's because there are so few federal wage and hour investigators that they can't possibly look into all the cases that are filed with them. It's even worse at the state level because Tennessee doesn't have a minimum wage law. That means that the Tennessee Department of Labor can't address the vast majority of wage theft cases.

That's why a growing number of people are calling on the Shelby County Commission to pass a wage theft ordinance. If passed, this local law would allow workers to recover their wages through a county complaint and hearing process. Miami-Dade County passed a similar law in 2010 and has already recovered over $400,000 in stolen wages for workers.

Take action

Make plans to attend the ordinance vote on January 14th

Sign our petition to County Commissioners

Learn more

Read our one page info sheet or our in-depth report on the crisis of wage theft in Shelby County

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