Miami-Dade County Wage Theft Overview:
Miami-Dade is the first county in the nation to adopt a countywide wage theft law!!
How to File a Wage Theft Claim:
Before submitting an intake form (available in Spanish and English), make sure that your claim deals with wages totaling $60.00 or more and you have proper documentation to support your claim (this includes: time stamps, hour documentation, income tax forms such as W-2 form, or pay stubs). For further guidance on how to follow through Wage Theft claims, please click here.
Once you are ready to go forward, please look at either the English or Spanish intake form(s) below and contact Miami-Dade Consumer Services at (305) 375-3677.
Wage Theft In the News
February 4, 2014 - Los Angeles Times
January 15, 2014 - SunSentinel
December 31, 2013 - New Jersey LCC
December 31, 2013 - The Gainesville Sun
Historic Measure to Combat Wage Theft in Miami-Dade County
On Thursday, we took a momentous step forward in our efforts
to end Wage Theft when the
Miami-Dade County Board of Commissioners passed by a vote of 10 to 0 a
county-wide ordinance to combat this crime, making
it easier for workers to bring legal action against employers who fail to pay or underpay them.
Fred Frost, President of the South Florida AFL-CIO and a member of the Wage
Theft Task Force commented, "It's a historic day for all Miami-Dade
workers, employers who play by the rules, taxpayers, our economy, and our
community, setting the precedent for the nation to follow."
Commissioner Natacha Seijas on the passage of Miami-Dade's Wage Theft Ordinance
February 17, 2010 - Miami Herald Editorial
"Stop the Wage Theft"
Wage theft is a national epidemic although, until recently, it has not had a name.
Wage theft includes not being paid for overtime, being paid less than minimum wage, or not being paid what has been promised. Wage theft occurs when an employee must pay for safety equipment that should be provided or when an employee is misclassified as an independent contractor. Wage theft includes being forced to go off the clock to continue work, being forced to work through breaks, or having hours shaved off one's timecard. While the most egregious cases of wage theft may happen to undocumented workers, wage theft is not limited to only those workers. Wage theft happens in numerous industries to all types of employees. And where there is wage theft, it is highly likely that there are also health & safety violations, violations which endanger all of us.
Wage theft is the crime wave that almost no one talks about. However Interfaith Worker Justice has been leading the way nationally on this vital issue, and SFIWJ is a member of the South Florida Wage Theft Task Force, a group of local organizations working towards a local systemic solution to this heinous problem. Expect to see this vital issue gain rapid prominence over the next few months on both a local & a national level.
Wage Theft Ordinance
South Florida Wage Theft Task Force
Day of Action to Stop Wage Theft - November 19, 2009
January 13, 2010 - Interfaith Worker Justice Blog
"Organizing against wage theft and fasting for immigrant
rights in Florida"
Yesterday SFIWJ and members of the South Florida Wage Theft Task Force won a major victory in its efforts to pass an anti-wage-theft ordinance in Miami-Dade County. Members of the task force, including Fred Frost, President of the South Florida AFL-CIO, spoke at a public hearing of the Board of County Commissioners Government Operations Committee, where the ordinance passed by a vote of 4 to 1, which means that it advances "with a favorable recommendation" from the committee to a full County Commission meeting scheduled for February 18. Two of the commissioners who voted in favor asked to be added to the ordinance as co-sponsors.
August 10, 2009 - Immigrant Domestic Workers Win in Federal Court
South Florida Interfaith Worker Justice
150 SW 13th Avenue, Miami, FL 33135