I've done a few posts about the criminalization of employment law, and in those posts I've asked why it's all one-sided. Employees are going to jail for alleged trade secret theft, accessing employer computers once they're fired, and a host of other offenses. Yet employers who steal from employees and who commit other crimes against employees largely escape.
Well, one city has had enough. Philadelphia now has a unit in the DA's office just for prosecuting crimes against employees. The big focus is wage theft, but I'm betting they will get all kinds of crimes they can prosecute, like assault and battery, theft of personal items, antitrust violations if they have a state antitrust law, and other criminal violations.
It's about time. When will other cities and states prosecute employers for breaking the laws with respect to employees? Stay tuned.
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