Councilman David Mann unveiled draft legislation to protect workers against wage theft and payroll fraud at a Thriving Cincinnati event on Jan. 15 hosted by the Woman’s City Club. The legislation would apply to all workers on a construction site where the developer receives more than $25,000 in incentives under an agreement with the City of Cincinnati. The developer would risk losing the incentives and could be barred from future city contracts if any contractor or subcontractor on the construction site is found to have committed wage theft or payroll fraud.
People have to be treated fairly, said Mann, if our society is going to work. “We have too long a tradition in this country of building wealth on the backs of people who, at one time, weren’t paid at all and, more recently, aren’t paid what they should be paid.”