The Tip of an Iceberg: Substantial Wage Theft Complaints in Oregon’s Construction Industry

Fact Sheet
May 23, 2011 Download PDF

This fact sheet summarizes the findings of an OCPP analysis of wage claims filed with the Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries (BOLI) by construction workers over a four-year period ending June 2010. The analysis reveals that wage theft is a significant problem within Oregon’s construction industry.

Specifically, the analysis of the wage filings by construction workers found the following.

The figures above, troubling as they are, likely reflect just the tip of the iceberg of wage theft within Oregon’s construction industry. The numbers capture only the share of construction workers with wage claims who knew about BOLI and sought the bureau’s assistance despite the possibility of employer reprisal.

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