Broward to draft wage-theft ordinance
The Broward County Commission on Tuesday approved a motion to draft a local ordinance prohibiting wage theft, to help low-income workers secure unpaid wages.
Vice Mayor Kristin Jacobs urged commissioners to draft an ordinance similar to Miami-Dade’s, saying that Broward has the third-largest number of wage-theft cases in Florida. She said low-wage workers in the tourism, retail, trade and construction industries are most affected.
Once written, the ordinance has to be voted on by the commission.
“Wage theft” can include workers not being paid overtime or minimum wage, being forced to work during meal breaks or off the clock, or not getting paid at all.
An average of 3,036 wage violations a year are reported to the U.S. Department of Labor’s wage and hour division in Florida, according to a Florida International University report.
At Tuesday’s meeting, Commissioner Ilene Lieberman questioned the potential for frivolous complaints, saying that she couldn’t find any disincentive in the Miami-Dade ordinance….