Washington State just enacted a bill similar to the proposed Illinois Fighting Wage Theft Act, barring businesses that willfully violate wage theft laws from receiving state contracts.
What’s notable is the degree of bipartisanship displayed in supporting this bill. It was sponsored by a Republican in the Senate, and by Democrat in the House, and the respective votes were 46-3 and 63-33. Impressive.
As Senator Miloscia (R-Auburn), the Senate sponsor, explained, “The state shouldn’t be supporting businesses that are taking hard-earned dollars from the state’s workers.” He also said, “This change will affirm the state’s commitment to protecting workers and reward businesses who respect the law and take care of their employees.”
The Attorney General’s press release also quoted statistics from the Economic Policy Institute highlighting that the dollar value of wage theft is twice that of robberies at banks, gas stations, and grocery stores.
Kudos to Washington State!