It’s hard enough to survive in San Mateo County on the minimum wage of $10 an hour. San Mateo is one of the most expensive county’s in the country. But it’s a crime when employers fail to pay their low-wage workers for overtime, or require employees to work “off the clock,” or fail to provide lunch breaks.
Yet thousands of low-wage workers in San Mateo County are victims of these types of “wage theft,” according to a report from Community Legal Services of East Palo Alto, CLSEPA.
CLSEPA hired Scott Hochberg in October, 2015, to handle cases of employment law violations that the legal services office was seeing. “There are so few lawyers in San Mateo County handling these cases,” says Hochberg, that it was impossible to know how wide-spread the problem was.
His report, “Raising the Minimum Wage and Fighting Wage Theft for a Healthier San Mateo County,” release June, 2016, is the first attempt to gage the problem of wage theft for low-wage workers. Read more