By Pat Loeb
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) –– Philadelphia City Council is expected to pass a bill Thursday that would create an office in city government to investigate wage theft complaints. The problem is considered to be widespread in Philadelphia.READ MORE: Concerned Citizens Went Undercover To Bust Child Luring Suspects, Atlantic City Police Say
“There’s a study that shows there are 90,000 incidents of wage theft per week,” says Nadie Hewka, an attorney for Community Legal Services.
She says sees a lot of those cases but, more often, she says, the victims don’t know what to do or where to turn, a situation the bill would remedy.READ MORE: 23-Year-Old In Critical Condition After Wissinoming Shooting: Police
“It would create an office where people could go and wouldn’t need a lawyer and could get their wage theft situation handled.”
Hewka says the problem costs not just workers but the city money– since it loses the taxes on the unpaid wages. She says other cities that have created the job have seen the cases settled much faster.MORE NEWS: 'We Support Our Firefighters:' Lower Merion Township Says Goodbye To Thomas Royds With Procession
“We’re hoping this will be an easier, more user-friendly way to resolve these claims.”