Wage theft sounds like something out of a history book. But believe it or not, it happens today, when workers are paid less than what the law requires. Unfortunately, it includes not being paid all your wages, being paid below minimum wage, being denied overtime when you should be paid for it, or not being paid at all for work you’ve performed.
Our Christian and Jewish faiths speak out strongly against this injustice. Not only does one of the ten commandments tell us, “thou shalt not steal,” scriptures such as Deuteronomy 24:14 specifically warn employers not to withhold their workers’ wages from them. Work is meant to be an expression of our God-given dignity and creativity.
Don’t take advantage of poor or needy workers, whether they are fellow Israelites or immigrants who live in your land or your cities.
Any day is an opportunity for us to remember God's commitment to justice, but every Labor Day in particular, we can collectively reflect on how we can help ensure that workers are treated with dignity in the workplace.
Want to learn more? Check out the Labor in the Pulpits program from the Workers Interfaith Network.
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