Hundreds of South Bay businesses are accused of skipping out on paying employees the cash they earned.
In Sunnyvale, the city is taking action to try to stop wage theft.
Hundreds of businesses in Santa Clara County have been cited for wage theft. The list is long and ranges from restaurants to construction companies to care homes.
While some have paid up, many others have not, according to workers’ rights attorney Ruth Silver Taube.
Taube, who is with Santa Clara County Wage Theft Coalition called wage theft “pervasive.”
“And businesses you wouldn’t even expect aren’t paying workers,” Taube said.
She says Crazy Buffet in Sunnyvale owed its workers nearly $2 million, but instead of cutting a check, they just shut down.
“The court system isn’t set up to force people to pay. It just issues the judgment,” Taube said.
Just recently, protesters set up outside an Arby’s in Sunnyvale. Among the issues: