Wage Theft Runs Rampant in Lower-level Food Court of Union Station; Walmart Illegally Disciplined and Fired Employees After Strikes and Protests for Better Pay.

Thursday, January 16, 2014

In the heart of Washington, D.C., Union Station is right under the nose of the federal government, but that doesn't mean laws are necessarily obeyed and enforced. Yesterday, 60 people working in the lower-level food court of Union Station filed a complaint with the U.S. Department of Labor alleging wage theft. Some employers are accused of paying their workers well below the minimum wage.  

“The most remarkable dodge I’ve ever seen”: Ellison blasts inaction on government-backed poverty - Salon

Wage theft is more rampant and common than most people think. And it's happening in U.S. government buildings right in our nation's Capitol. Labor law victims working in the lower-level food court of Union Station are owed $3 million in back pay and damages according to a complaint filed by Good Jobs Nation. Some of the workers in the complaint were paid well below minimum wage and forced to work 60 to 70-hour work-weeks without overtime pay. 

Workers At Food Court Owned By Federal Government Allege They’ve Been Cheated Out Of $3 Million - Think Progress

Yesterday, the National Labor Relations Board announced that Walmart illegally disciplined and fired employees after strikes and protests for better pay. The complaint involved more than 60 workers and 34 stores. Despite threats to employees, OUR Walmart successfully organized strikes at 1,000 locations. Read more here:

Walmart Is Facing Claims That It Fired Protesters - New York Times

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