WAGE THEFT HURTS FAMILIES
- In 2009, we worked to pass a law that extends the statute of limitations to initiate a wage claim, increases penalties for wage thieves, and provides protection for claimants against retaliation.
- In 2013, we collaborated with UNM Sociology Professor Andrew Schrank and graduate student Jessica Garrick to publish a groundbreaking study regarding the impact of wage theft on Mexican immigrants in New Mexico with policy recommendations. To see report click here.
- In 2013, we also campaigned to pass a state law that expedites wage cases in court and we helped strengthen Santa Fe’s Living Wage enforcement procedures.
- In 2016, we joined with other workers’ rights organizations and brought a lawsuit against the New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions for its refusal to enforce the state’s Minimum Wage Act.
- In 2016, Somos Gallup (our affiliate group in McKinley County) convened the McKinley Worker Justice Coalition and published the report Two Groups, One Community: The Impact of Wage Theft and other Employment Violations on Native American and Latino Immigrant Workers in Gallup. Click here for full HIA report and here for the executive summary.
In addition to helping workers recuperate stolen wages and training attorneys throughout the state to represent them, Somos pushes for policy and legal solutions.
For information about wage theft remedies and to see a list of local employers with outstanding wage claims, click here.
For more information regarding this campaign, contact the United Worker Center of New Mexico at (505) 983-6247.
One in four immigrant workers in New Mexico is a victim of wage theft, and only one in ten victims reports it. In 2009, Somos launched a statewide campaign to end wage theft after receiving numerous complaints from workers who were not paid the minimum wage or overtime, were required to work off the clock, or were denied their last paycheck.