Wage Theft

Many companies of all sizes are guilty of not paying their workers fairly for their labor, even in Lynn. This includes paying below minimum wage, not paying holiday or overtime wages, refusing earned sick time, and flat out not paying people for the hours they worked. About $700 million in wages were stolen from MA workers in 2016.

In March 2018, the wage theft ordinance, created by the North Shore Labor Council and the Lynn Worker's Center was passed unanimously by the Lynn City Council and signed into law by the mayor. The ordinance is the strongest wage theft protection in the country. We are now looking at implementing the ordinance in Lynn by educating the public about their rights and creating a strong wage theft advisory council. Likewise, we want to get a similar ordinance passed in other north shore cities and towns. 


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