In today’s highly competitive market, wage theft – which involves various sharp practices that, regardless of an employer’s intent, results in under-paying employees – has become commonplace. My focus is primarily in two types of cases, both involving multi-person systemic practices. One involves circumstances where an employer misclassifies its workforce as independent contractors instead of employees. This results in significant cost-savings to the employer, and an unfair financial burden dropped on the shoulders of the workforce. A second sort of misclassification occurs among those workers whom the employer concedes are employees, but nevertheless doesn’t pay them overtime based on the employer’s decision that these employees are exempt from the protections of state and federal overtime laws.