DIVE BRIEF 34% of restaurant workers experienced more wage theft in 2021, OFW reports Published Sept. 27, 2021 By Aneurin Canham-Clyne Associate Editor First published on Dive Brief: One Fair Wage released a report showing 35% of tipped employees experienced wage theft in the past year. Wage theft impacts 2.4 million workers, costing them $8 billion each year, OFW said, citing 2017 data from the Economic Policy Institute. OFW discussed the findings at a joint webinar Monday with Department of Labor investigators. OFW said its report indicated 34% of workers reported an increase in wage theft since 2020. The survey was collected through a combination of telephone calls, emails and in-person interviews with 238 tipped workers. OFW argues much of the wage theft experienced by tipped workers occurred when employers failed to make up the difference between the minimum wage and the tips received on top of the subminimum wage, or to pay for overtime. Dive Insight:

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