Authors

Lisa Diaz-Ordaz

Publication Date

4-26-2010

Category

Economic Development

Abstract

Overtime violations are especially prevalent in low wage jobs. Some of the industries with notably high instances of violations include the restaurant and hotel industries, retail, drug and grocery stores, private households and home health care. Within these industries, occupations with the most overtime violations include childcare workers, home health care workers, waiters and bartenders, cooks and food preparers, retail salespeople, cashiers and stock clerks. A quick glance at the national median hourly wages for these jobs shows that they all pay around just ten dollars an hour. This averages out to just 100 percent of the poverty level for a single person, which would make the worker eligible for various kinds of public assistance in New York State. Thus, the workers who are making the least amount of money are the ones who are most vulnerable to this exploitation.

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