Working is how most people in Oregon and across the country earn their living. It can be difficult for some to get up and go to work each day, but they know the importance of earning their paychecks. Of course, some employees may be facing wage issues that could result in those paychecks being less than they should be.

Unfortunately, wage theft continues to be a rampant issue. In fact, it is estimated that approximately $50 billion in wages are stolen from workers each year. This theft can occur through unpaid overtime, illegal deductions, refusal to pay an agreed-upon wage and minimum wage violations. Though anyone could suffer the effects of wage theft, the issue affects women, immigrants and people of color more often than other groups of workers.

Though lower-earning positions are particularly vulnerable to this type of treatment, individuals in local government or similar positions could also be at risk. As a result, it is important that all workers understand their rights and that they have protections under federal laws. If individuals believe that they have been subjected to wage theft, keeping records and documents that could act as evidence when filing a claim may prove useful.

Unfortunately, many people fear speaking up about wage issues because they need their jobs and worry that complaining could have negative consequences. However, Oregon workers and those elsewhere are entitled to their rightfully earned compensation. If individuals believe that they have not been properly compensated for their work, they may wish to gain more information on this issue and their options for taking action.