NC JUSTICE CENTER BRIEF: Wage Theft - Undermining the Value of Work

By Alexandra Forter Sirota & Sabine Schoenbach
NC Justice Center
January 2012


  • Documented wage theft cost North Carolina workers and their communities an estimated $4.7 million in fiscal year 2011.
  • National survey data and state‐level data on industry incidence of wage theft find that workers in low‐wage occupations are more likely to experience wage violations than higher‐wage workers or workers in higher‐wage industries.
  • Further research is needed to understand the full scope and impact of wage theft in North Carolina.
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