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Franklin D. Roosevelt decries abusive and greedy labor practices

“Our Nation, so richly endowed with natural resources and with a capable and industrious population should be able to devise ways and means of insuring… a fair day’s pay for a fair day’s work.” FDR, May 1934

The law has evolved to protect workers’ rights, but many employers continue to deny the lawful wages owed to the men and women whose labor makes the engine of commerce run. In a 2010 Los Angeles study by the UCLA Institute for Research on Labor and Employment, the authors found nearly 30% of workers were paid below the legal minimum wage; over 79% of workers who performed overtime work were not paid the legal overtime rate; and over 71% of workers who performed work outside their scheduled shift were not paid for that work. (“Wage Theft and Workplace Violations in Los Angeles,” by Milkman, Gonzalez, & Navarro, UCLA 2010, at p. 2.)