An investigation by a government watchdog concludes that the division of the Labor Department responsible for enforcing pay laws often ignores complaints and fails to make companies restore improperly withheld wages. The Government Accountability Office (GAO) report, which was released at a March 25 hearing of the House Education and Labor Committee, is based in part on an undercover operation. This investigation clearly shows that the Department of Labor has left thousands of actual victims of wage theft who sought federal government assistance with nowhere to turn, the GAO report states. While it was taking place, Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis released a statement saying the department would hire 250 new wage and hour field investigators.
SOLIS PLEDGES TO BOLSTER WAGE ENFORCEMENT Mark Schoeff Jr Workforce Management; Apr 6, 2009; 88, 4; Docstoc pg. 6 Reproduced with permission of the copyright owner. Further reproduction prohibited without permission.
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