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Wage Theft Leads to Health Problems


As more San Mateo County cities like South San Francisco and Menlo Park explore raising the minimum wage, Get Healthy SMC continues to share its Low-Wage Worker profile and research other issues impacting low-wage workers, such as wage theft. Wage theft is most common in low-wage jobs. According to a 2016 report by Get Healthy SMC partner Community Legal Services of East Palo Alto (CLSEPA), victims of wage theft experience health problems and significant income loss and low-wage workers can encounter a loss of up to 15% of their annual income from wage theft. National research shows that workers in the food sector are more prone to become victims of wage theft than any other sector. Improving protection and job quality for low-wage workers is essential for improving their health.