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Understanding And Addressing Wage Theft: A Survey Report By Verfico

Understanding and Addressing Wage Theft: A Survey Report by Verfico

In a nation built on the principles of fairness and opportunity, wage theft remains a pervasive challenge, silently eroding the rights and livelihoods of workers across diverse industries. A recent survey conducted by Verfico sought to illuminate the complexities of this issue, offering insights into the awareness, prevalence, and impact of wage theft among American adults.

Verfico’s survey canvassed the perspectives of 1,000 adults in the United States. Respondents were provided with a comprehensive definition of wage theft, encompassing actions such as misclassifying workers, paying below minimum wage, denying overtime pay, and requiring off-the-clock work. They were asked to reflect on their personal experiences with wage theft and to share their views on potential solutions.


Key Findings

  1. Misunderstanding of Wage Theft

The survey unearthed a striking misconception among workers regarding the nature of wage theft. Only 20% of respondents accurately defined wage theft as the withholding of a portion of a worker’s rightfully earned pay. Alarmingly, 10% of participants mistakenly believed wage theft referred to situations where employees steal from their employers (Verfico, 2023).

  1. Underreporting by Victims

Despite the prevalence of wage theft incidents, the survey revealed a concerning trend of underreporting. According to the survey, a significant 38% of respondents reported personal experiences with wage theft or knew someone who had been affected. However, a staggering 57% of those who experienced wage theft did not report it to authorities. Reasons cited for this silence included lack of knowledge (28%) and fear of reprisals (31%) (Verfico, 2023).

  1. Impact on Employers

Wage theft not only harms workers but also carries significant consequences for employers. Whether intentional or inadvertent, employers risk severe legal and reputational repercussions. Notably, 72% of respondents expressed concern that companies guilty of wage theft may cut corners in other areas, underscoring broader implications for business integrity (Verfico, 2023).


Raising awareness about workplace discrepancies such as wage theft is paramount in safeguarding the rights and well-being of American workers. By shedding light on these injustices, we empower individuals to recognize and address exploitation in their workplaces, fostering a culture of fairness and accountability. Integrated Logistics Services is committed to advocating for fair labor practices, particularly in Prevailing Wages in Prince George’s County, MD. We encourage you to reach out to us for more information on how we’re making a difference and how you can join our efforts. Visit our social media channels or website today to learn more about our mission and the vital work we do in ensuring equitable treatment for all workers.

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