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For Immediate Release:
February 03, 2015
Media Contact:
Alex Fernandez

Wage Theft Ordinance sponsored by Commissioner Rebeca Sosa Unanimously Approved

(MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, FL) – The Miami-Dade County Commission today approved legislation sponsored by Commissioner Rebeca Sosa to extend the life of the County’s existing wage theft ordinance by another five years.

Adopted in 2010, the wage theft ordinance prohibits employers from forcing workers to work off the clock, paying them less than the minimum wage, or not paying overtime. It was originally due for a sunset review in 2015. That review will now take place in 2020.

“I’m proud to sponsor this legislation to protect the working families of Miami-Dade County from becoming victims of wage theft,” Commissioner Sosa said. “The ordinance is working and we need to keep it in place.”

A 2010 report by the Research Institute on Social and Economic Policy for the Florida Wage Theft Task Force analyzed documented wage violations in Miami-Dade and Palm Beach Counties and found that from August, 2006 to August, 2010, there were 3,697 wage violations reported in the two counties worth about $3.6 million in unpaid wages.