Public shame more effective than bureaucracy for employers who engage in wage theft (letter)
August 21, 2018
Editor: Concerning the issue of wage theft highlighted in today's Vail Daily ("Wage theft is a growing Vail Valley problem," Tuesday, Aug. 21), one should hope that this problem is confined to the scum level of local businesses and does not involve the honest and reputable enterprises.
The article makes it clear that the courts and the various state and federal agencies are largely ineffective in addressing the issue in a timely manner, even if successful in the long-term. Wage deprivation is an immediate, very short-term problem. Clearly, withholding earned wages is illegal, even in those cases where the worker is illegal. Hiring illegal immigrants is also illegal.
There are at least two less formal and much more immediately effective approaches to the problem which Catholic Charities and other help agencies might use:
1. Publish a weekly list of new claims, the names of the perpetrator businesses and the names of their local managers in the local newspapers and even online;
2. Having obtained the names of the local managers of the perpetrator businesses, locate their residence addresses and drive a sound truck through their neighborhoods proclaiming their misdeeds to their neighbors. This is a common practice of collection agencies — another alternative.
Public shame and disclosure of misdeeds are much more effective in rectifying these disgraceful injustices than the long-delayed actions of any state or federal agency.
Recommended Stories For You
Trending In: Opinion
- Proposed ‘boarding house’ not a good fit for the Eagle-Vail community (letter)
- If Colorado declares autism an ‘epidemic,’ it could have very impactful social effects (letter)
- Sheldon: There’s been a rise in hate crimes in our country, and words aren’t enough to combat it (column)
- Senior exemption from taxes? Here’s three reasons that would be a terrible idea (letter)
- Best of Vail 2018 winners (full list)
- Woman found in Vail Dumpster requests exclusion of police testimony from trial, scheduled for February
- Sunny skies, fresh powder and free parking at Vail Opening Day 2018
- Vail to open Northwoods on Saturday
- Is the Vail Valley’s good early snow a sign of more powder through the winter?