The IRE Resource Center is a major research library containing more than 23,250 investigative stories — both print and broadcast. These stories are searchable online or by contacting the Resource Center directly (573-882-3364 or email@example.com) where a researcher can help you pinpoint what you need. Browse or search the tipsheet section of our library below. Stories are not available for download but can be easily ordered by contacting the Resource Center:
The IRE Resource Center is a major research library containing more than 23,250 investigative stories — both print and broadcast.
These stories are searchable online or by contacting the Resource Center directly (573-882-3364 or firstname.lastname@example.org) where a researcher can help you pinpoint what you need.
Browse or search the tipsheet section of our library below. Stories are not available for download but can be easily ordered by contacting the Resource Center:
Search results for "illegal deductions" ...
Workers: We Were Cheated Out of Pay. Restaurant Cleaning Company Says Pay Deductions Legal. Labor Experts Not So Sure.
This investigation found that "CanAmera, a Canadian-based company that cleans restaurants in four states and Ontario, violated a host of state and federal labor laws, including laws governing minimum wage, overtime, a day of rest and federal and tax withholdings. The company also illegally withheld money from workers' paychecks. The company hired worked with limited English skills with promises of a good job. But, in fact, the mostly Spanish speaking workers found themselves fighting for money they said was owed to them."
In the midst of rapid immigration to the Hoosiers state, The Indianapolis Eye discovers that all's not well with the teeming Hispanic population who come from distant places to settle down here for menial jobs. The Eye reveals that billions of dollars are being taken away from the paycheks in taxes and social security of the "shadow people" and not attributed to them. In 2000 the amount deducted from illegal workers' payrolls touched nearly $ 49 billion without being attributed to them.l
"Each year, hundreds of non-English speaking Mexican men and women are recruited by one of the largest landscaping corporations in the U.S., Torre & Bruglio of Pontiac, MI. T&B brings them in the U.S. under the special federal 'Guestworker' program to live and work in suburban Detroit for eight months. They are promised good housing and wages of $9 to $12 and hour to trim shrubs and cut grass --a fortune for most, who live in a country where the minimum wage is $5 a day, if they can find work." This report shows how these people were living in dangerous and deplorable houses, with major health code and zoning violations. The reporters also found that T&B would make all kinds of deductions from their salaries to pay for rent, refrigerators, furniture, television sets, uniforms, boots and equipment necessary to perform the work they were hired for. They also found that these workers were making less than minimum wage. All this on top of several violations of federal labor law.
A Seattle Times investigation finds that "Washington residents give their employers well over $13 million a year in free work." The story reveals that unpaid labor comes from white-collar and blue-collar workers as "uncounted overtime, work performed off the clock and illegal deductions that whittle away a worker's pay." The article looks at reduced employee benefits as another aspect of unpaid labor. "Many employees - even white-collar workers - still don't know or insist on their rights," the Seattle Times reports.
Likud's Tangled Charity Web; Centrist Party to Use Charity for Campaign; 'Left-Wing' Election Flights May Be Illegal
"This collection of stories documented how Israeli political parties have raised millions of dollars through tax-exempt, tax-deductible U.S. charities for their political campaigns in violation of both U.S. and Israeli law."