By John Pinkney
Minimum wage doesn’t cover the minimum amount people need to live. At $7.25, the federal mandate falls well below what it would actually take for a person to survive.
Fortunately, places like New York, Los Angeles and Seattle are stepping up and giving their employees the compensation they need to survive. While this is great for those who live in these areas, there is still more that needs to be done in other locations across the country.
While there are changes in some areas happening, there are still legal wage wars taking place. It is estimated that in 2014, as many as 1.7 million United States employees were being paid far less than the Federal Minimum Wage.
In just California and New York, the number of reported violations is 560,000 per week. This is combined with an estimated $33 million in lost wages for employees, showing just how hard they are being hit. Many of those who are being underpaid are people who don’t feel like they have a voice due to immigration status or because they are concerned with losing their job.
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