Here’s a solution, jail the employers and managers, 1 year per employee.
As long as employers aren’t punished they’ll keep exploiting cheap labor. As long as we do nothing we’re complicit in their exploitation. The federal minimum wage law says very plainly that each employer must pay each of his employees $7.25 an hour. There’s no mention of legal status to work. So where’s the justice? Where’s the equality? Not here.
I think it comes from the idea that we’ve been fed for so long, that something is better than nothing. Maybe it’s true, but it isn’t legal. I don’t think every law on the books is just or right, but this one is. I think it’s criminally low, but we need a bottom for sure.
When we allow the most vulnerable to be criminalized and the wealthy to go free we really show what this nation has thus far stood for.
Maybe my solution is simplistic and naive. But I know one thing for certain, we can do better.