Legal Alert: Miami-Dade County Enacts "Wage Theft" Ordinance

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Miami-Dade has become the first county in the nation to adopt a countywide wage theft law, although it likely will not be the last. The Ordinance, which became effective on March 1, 2010, applies to private sector employees and employers, prohibits wage theft, and provides administrative procedures and private causes of action. An employer found to be in violation of the wage theft Ordinance will be required to pay the actual administrative processing and hearing costs as well as restitution to the employee, which would include back wages owed as well as liquidated damages of double that amount and possibly treble damages. What this means for employers in Miami-Dade County is that a simple oversight or misunderstanding regarding which employees can be classified as exempt or as independent contractors under the Fair Labor Standards Act ("FLSA"), may now lead to a finding that the employer has committed "wage theft."

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