"Wage theft occurs whenever an employer doesn't pay workers according to the law. And it can take many forms. Sometimes, employers fail to pay minimum wage or to pay overtime to employees that work more than 40 hours a week; OR force workers to perform tasks "off the clock" and without pay.The disproportionately low media coverage for wage theft is partially due to lack of media interest. But it is also a product of grossly inadequate resources for enforcement. it suggests "the total wages stolen from workers due to minimum wage violations exceeds $15 billion each year." That's more than the value of stolen goods in all property crimes, according to the latest FBI statistics. Shoplifting is just a small fraction of total property crime because more than half of the value of all stolen property comes from stolen vehicles and currency.