Winning a case against a nonpaying employer requires laborers to prove work was completed. A new wage theft app called Jornalero, may soon help more laborers win wage theft cases against employers.
Released in beta to a test group this past spring, workers can use the wage theft app not only to log their hours and create reports with images of work completed, they can also rate employers.
The data may help advocacy groups filing suits on behalf of laborers and employees negotiate payment with employers.
Jornalero started as a project of New Immigrant Community Empowerment, in New York City. Its parent organization, the Los Angeles, Calif.-based National Day Laborer Organizing Network (NDLON), leveraged funding from the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades to get the app launched, according to Quartz.com, an online journal covering the global economy.
Wage theft happens to one out of five day laborers every month, according to Maria Figueroa, a professor at the Cornell University-School of Industrial and Labor Relations. NDLON’s 45 centers each report about 10 wage theft instances each week.
Support from Cornell is also making the wage theft app tool a reality.
NDLON will host training sessions at its centers this summer and hopes to release the wage theft app later this year.