State: Workers shortchanged $69M
- By Rob Varnon, Norwalk Advocate, CT
The employer seems to take the quitting personally, Pechie said. But an employer usually pays a fired employee immediately, he said, because the employer wants to wash his or her hands of the terminated worker.
Pechie said restaurants and other labor-intensive industries tend to have the most violations. Employers will ask employees to 'clock out and work off the clock, or work only for tips,' Pechie said.
Pushing employees into becoming independent contractors also continues to be a problem, Pechie said. Some employers, in a bid to try to reduce expenses, will eliminate a worker's job and then hire that same person to do the same job as an independent contractor, but fail to pay the employee as agreed.