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Lawmakers Making Push to Stiffen Penalties for Unpaid Wages

Push for harsher penalties over unpaid wages Photo: MGN Online. Push for harsher penalties over unpaid wages

February 07, 2019 08:12 AM

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Minnesota lawmakers and labor leaders are making a push to stiffen penalties on employers who fail to pay workers the wages they're owed.

They say state figures show that at least 40,000 Minnesota residents are victims of wage theft every year, costing them around $12 million in unpaid wages.

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The bill, which got its first committee hearing Wednesday, is among the House Democrats' top 10 priorities this session. But it hasn't been introduced yet in the Republican-controlled Senate.

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