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Ethical Business Leader Campaign

The Ethical Business Leader Campaign

Recently, IWJ joined forces with American Rights at Work to cultivate the voices of business leaders around the country against Wage Theft. This project is ongoing and needs your support. Learn more about wage theft, what you can do to stop it and the businesses and leaders who have signed on to help prevent wage theft below!

On Wage Theft:

Wage theft is the illegal underpayment or non-payment of workers' wages. It affects millions of workers each year, often forcing them to choose between paying the rent or putting food on the table. Wage theft is all around us. It robs from the government's tax coffers, resulting in cutbacks of vital services. Wage theft puts ethical employers at a competitive disadvantage.

How Wage Theft Happens:

Companies which cheat workers from their earnings (that are required under the minimum wage laws) through prevailing wage work, required overtime pay, misclassification of employees as independent contractors or failing to remit taxes collected damage not only the individuals directly affected but everyone in the community. Failure to properly classify workers for the proper workman's compensation insurance for work performed is another area that needs to be strongly enforced. American businesses and their employees have the right to rely on an open and honest marketplace for fair competition.

What Business Leaders Can Do:

Too often the business community is silent about unethical practices we see around us. Please join us in addressing this critical issue.

Here are those that are speaking up against wage theft: