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North Carolina Workers Cheated Out Of Nearly $5M In Unpaid Work

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Thousands of North Carolina employees are getting shafted by as much as $5 million, according to a state think tank. (credit: Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images)

Thousands of North Carolina employees are getting shafted by as much as $5 million, according to a state think tank. (credit: Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images)

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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A new report from a liberal-leaning think tank says thousands of North Carolina workers are at risk of being cheated out of wages they’ve earned.

The North Carolina Justice Center said Monday workers in retail, restaurants, home health care and construction were the biggest victims of wage theft in the state budget year that ended in June.

The report uses data from the state labor department saying regulators cited nearly 1,700 employers who hadn’t paid their workers nearly $5 million, up $1 million from the previous year. Less than 40 percent of the money was eventually paid to people who earned it.

The center says the state’s data probably underestimates the problem because investigations are based on complaints from employees who may be concerned about retaliation from their bosses.

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