Here’s a new low in the wage theft struggle

Late one night during one of our summer storms, we received a call from two workers asking for help. They said they had been hired for day work, and had worked two ten-hour days. When the employer said they had to keep working on the second day they refused–so he just put them out into the storm!

Recent arrivals from Central America they had no idea what to do. Fortunately the CoFiA phone is answered twenty-four hours a day, and Angelica was able to help them figure out how to get a bus that took them fairly near where they were staying; and they were able to track down an acquaintance who picked them up.

So they did get back–soaked, but wiser. We are still gathering information to try to call the employer to account. From violence and poverty at home, to abuse and theft here–what a trade-off.

Hopefully the workers in the photo did not have an experience like this!
Hopefully the workers in the photo did not have an experience like this!

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