There is a quote attributed to the American publisher Joseph Pulitzer that sticks with me as a lawman: “There is not a crime, there is not a dodge, there is not a trick, there is not a swindle, there is not a vice which does not live by secrecy.” The crime of withholding wages from workers that they have rightfully earned is no different. The theft can take many forms: failing to pay overtime, undercounting hours worked, paying less than the minimum wage, confiscating tips, taking illegal deductions from paychecks.

It’s a big problem. A 2017 study by the Economic…

Sheriff Alex Villanueva

Alex Villanueva is the 33rd Sheriff of Los Angeles County, California.

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