Updated 9:00 am CST, Friday, March 1, 2019
Workers in Houston reported more than $1.2 million in stolen wages last year according to a new study by Fe y Justicia Worker Center.
The average amount stolen from each worker was about $3,600, in many cases about a quarter of their annual income.
“Labor abuses are not victimless crimes,” Marianela Acuña Arreaza, executive director of the worker center, said in a statement. “Wage theft means families getting evicted, parents being unable to afford their kids’ medication or their own.”