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What Cincinnati's Recently Enacted Wage Theft Ordinance Means

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Earlier this month, Cincinnati City Council voted 7-2 to pass an ordinance to improve enforcement of existing wage laws. Cincinnati is the first city in Ohio to pass a law to address wage theft, which refers to instances in which workers are not paid the legal or contractual wages promised by their employers.

This can include employers not paying for overtime worked, failing to give an employee a final paycheck upon leaving a job, or paying less than minimum wage. Cincinnati Vice Mayor and Councilman David Mann was the author of the ordinance.  He joins us, along with Cincinnati Interfaith Workers Center Director Brennan Grayson and the Center's membership coordinator Manuel Perez, to discuss wage theft and what protections this new ordinance provides workers.