FL Lawmakers Consider Wage Theft Bill

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Associate Press Release

MIAMI (AP) -- Businesses and workers-rights advocates are fighting over a bill that would set uniform state standards for employees who say they haven't been paid their full wages to seek compensation.

The bill would require workers to file a claim through the courts and limit damages to the amount they are owed. It also would require workers to notify employers 15 days before filing a claim and prove the theft by "a preponderance of evidence."

Opponents say those measures will make it difficult for low-paid workers who often can't afford an attorney or to take time off from work to go to court.

The bill also prohibits local governments from adopting their own wage theft ordinances, though an exception would be carved out for Miami-Dade County.

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