Overtime Wage Theft Complaints Hit Record High

The number of workers filing wage theft complaints against their employers for not paying overtime wages hit a record high in 2011, according to a report from law firm Seyfarth Shaw. In 1993, there were 1,457 cases involving overtime pay brought under the Fair Labor and Standards Act, but that number spiked to a record 7,006 in 2011. And 7,064 cases have already been filed this year, the Huffington Post reports, putting 2012 well ahead of record pace. These results are consistent with findings of other studies. In May, CNN Money found that the number of collective action cases brought under the Fair Labor and Standards Act jumped more than 400 percent in 2011.