Thursday, August 18, 2022

"Wage thieves will soon face criminal prosecution" in an Oregon county


Under Oregon law, theft of more than $10,000 is a felony punishable by up to 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000. 


“When workers aren’t paid and they can’t bring home a paycheck, then that hits food on the table, the electric bill, the school supplies, that hits everything, and that can destabilize entire communities,” Schmidt said. “When I think about public safety, the thing that I think makes us the most safe is when communities are healthy and thriving. If you look out across Multnomah County, the places with the greatest economic disparity are the places we see the most criminal challenges.”