LIVE 61 ° 74 ° 75 ° Search Site NBC 10's Tamara Sacharczyk reports on what's being done to combat wage theft. Brissette’s boss owed him $15,000 in earned wages. "He stopped returning my phone calls. He told me to call a lawyer instead of calling him for my money," Brissette said. He was a victim of wage theft, a crime committed by employers that targets hundreds of Rhode Islanders every year, mainly in the construction industry. Brissette took matters into his own hands, creating a blog to find other workers victimized by the same employer, then filed cases against his former boss in Rhode Island and Massachusetts. The case in Rhode Island was eventually dropped after his former employer failed to show up for court. Since wage theft is a misdemeanor, the defendant couldn't be forced to return from Massachusetts. NBC 10 I-TEAM: Employers who rip off Rhode Island workers face misdemeanor punishments

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