Low wage workers are often cheated out of some of their wages, both overtime and regular pay, and are pressured not to file workers compensation claims.
“The conventional wisdom has been that to the extent there were violations, it was confined to a few rogue employers or to especially disadvantaged workers, like undocumented immigrants,” said Nik Theodore, an author of the study and a professor of urban planning and policy at the University of Illinois, Chicago. “What our study shows is that this is a widespread phenomenon across the low-wage labor market in the United States.”Don't get me wrong, I'm glad that studies like this are done--ecstatic, in fact--but it's another example of how conventional wisdom is generally just crap. When it comes to examining the world, I want data: verifiable and contestable data. Not what some pundit thinks is going on in his gut, because guts have shit for brains.
The worst part of this story is that the study was done before the recession really took hold, so the chances that things have gotten better for low wage workers in the interim isn't very likely. Once again, the people who are at the bottom of the heap see the shit roll down onto them like a cascade.