Earlier this week, the Broward County Commission voted for instituting a Wage Recovery Ordinance that would help unpaid workers recover their wages from employers that either didn't pay the salary promised, or didn't pay at all.
The ordinance met with resistance from business owners who called the ordinance insulting, and unnecessary.
The Florida Wage Theft Task Force's Natalia Jaramillo spoke with New Times, and told us a case was being built on workers' behalf, with flyers, petitions, and, most prominently, a video of personal stories from Broward County victims of wage theft.
Jamarillo's hope was the an ordinance much like what Miami-Dade has would be passed -- rather than a so-called compromise what would only give victims legal aid -- a compromise Jamarillo insisted has never worked.
But on Tuesday, the ordinance passed by a 7-2 vote (with Commissioners Stacy Ritter and Chip LaMarca voting no). And now Broward County joins Miami-Dade as the only two counties in Florida to have instituted the law.
"We're definitely pleased," Jamarilo told New Times in response to the vote. "We got the participation from the commission we were expecting, with seven voting for it."
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