Wage theft is devastating for workers and their families. It happens any time an employer pays a worker less than the law requires. It can mean a worker being paid less than the minimum wage, having their customer tips stolen, or not getting overtime pay. It's a big problem in Memphis and nationwide, with as many as 2 out of 3 low-wage workers experiencing wage theft.
The Shelby County Commission is poised to pass a wage theft ordinance that will give workers a straightforward way to recover their stolen wages. But the Holiday Inn, and the Metropolitan Memphis Hospitality and Lodging Association that it is a member of, is trying to kill this bill that assists vulnerable workers.
It's time for the Holiday Inn to listen to their customers. They should support an end to wage theft, not protect wage thieves.