What is wage theft?

Wage theft occurs every time your employer does not promptly pay you the wages you are legally entitled to.

Whether your legal wage is determined by law (such as minimum wage, overtime, or prevailing wage laws) or by agreement, refusing to pay the right wage is theft, pure and simple.

Federal Minimum Wage: $7.25/hr
Ohio Minimum Wage: $7.70/hr

Wage theft takes many forms:

  • Not paying minimum wage
  • Not paying your final paycheck
  • Forcing you to work off the clock
  • Not paying you union-level wages for government funded work
  • Stealing your tips
  • Not paying overtime, claiming you are "salaried" or an "independent contractor"


If you have been a victim of wage theft and you want more information on local resources or if you want to tell your story contact us at: bgrayson@manleyburke.com. We can also schedule a group presentation in your area.


The Ohio Alliance Against Wage Theft is committed to ending wage theft in our state.


Allotta, Farley & Widman Co., LPA

Barkan Neff Handelman Meizlish, LLP

Cincinnati Interfaith Workers Center

Cohen, Rosenthal & Kramer LLP

Greater Columbus Jobs with Justice

Cleveland Jobs with Justice

Communication Workers of America - AFL-CIO District 4

Interfaith Worker Justice

The Lazzaro Law Firm, LLC

National Employment Law Project

North Shore AFL-CIO Federation of Labor

Ohio Administrative District Council of Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers

Ohio Poverty Law Center

Policy Matters Ohio

SEIU District 1199 - Service Employees International Union, CTW, CLC

United Auto Workers, Region 2B

United Church of Christ - Justice and Witness Ministries

United Food & Commercial Workers, Local 1059

Join us by signing our policy statement.


Wage theft happens across Ohio. This map shows violations in Hamilton Country.

Interested in creating a wage theft map for your county? Contact bgrayson@manleyburke.com to request a "Wage Theft Map Toolkit".

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