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UC Berkeley-Led Wage-Theft Study Leads to Local Policy Changes

Millions of workers in the United States are not getting the wages and benefits they are entitled to by law. While some may see this as a labor issue, University of California, Berkeley School of Public Health and community researchers say it is a public health problem that has been ignored for too long. “We have known for some time that poverty is probably the single greatest contributor to premature death and illness,” explains Dr. Meredith Minkler, professor of health and social behavior. “Yet wage theft, which is a primary contributor to poverty and low income, has rarely been discussed.”