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Rethinking Wage Theft Criminalization

Rethinking Wage Theft Criminalization

“Wage theft” is an evocative turn of phrase, but how literally should we take it? 

Used to refer to employers underpaying workers or denying them compensation to which they are entitled, the phrase increasingly crops up in conversations about work law and policy. Scholars, activists, and politicians have leveraged its powerful rhetorical force: theft is a crime and thus invokes issues of moral culpability and wrongdoing.