The Central Ohio Worker Center was recently resolved a case regarding a worker who was missing a month’s pay due to the method by which he was paid - directly onto a debit card. Fortunately, COWC was successful in recovering this particular worker’s pay, but it shed light on a serious form of wage theft in our community. It is a common practice among employers ranging from small businesses to large corporations to pay workers with “payroll cards” which benefit employers and banks while robbing workers.
It works like this: employers and banks enter an agreement in which workers are paid their wages through a “payroll card” which is effectively a bank account specifically for employee pay. Once paid like this, it is much more difficult for workers to access their own paystubs to ensure they are being paid for all hours they worked, making it much easier for employers to cut hours off time that workers should be paid. In addition, the banks now handling workers’ wages almost always come with fees like ATM withdrawal fees and point-of-sale fees. These fees are robbing workers of the wages they have already earned as they go directly to big banks. In other words, this is simply another form of wage theft.
For more information on this practice, read "Pinched by Plastic: The Impact of Payroll Cards on Low-Wage Workers"
COWC will continue addressing this and all forms of wage theft and educating workers of their rights. For more information or to report wage-theft cases, contact us at CentralOhioWorkerCenter@gmail.com or by phone at 614-589-0732