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Wage theft can also happen when employers refuse meal breaks to staff, make unlawful deductions from the paychecks of employees, or make illegal changes to recorded working hours. For example, if an employer unlawfully changed recorded working hours so that an employee was not compensated for all hours worked, dropping their effective hourly rate below the minimum wage, any of these acts may result in minimum wage violations. 

There are some simple ways in which employers cheat their employees, such as simply stealing money out of their paychecks, but wage theft can take more complicated and subtler forms. Intentionally mislabeling jobs as independent contractors to stop paying higher rates for the same tasks as regular employees.

If your boss does not track your work hours correctly, you could be cheated out of extra pay because your employer may not determine accurately how much time you have spent every week. Hours spent working for the company's gain, regardless of whether you are on the premises of the business, is considered compensable time and can be compensated.

If you have not received what you were due on payday you may want to obtain legal advice.