Rep. Barbara Watson Speaks Against HB609 Lawmaker Warns Legislation Blocks Anti-Wage-Theft Laws

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — House Bill 609, a measure that would invalidate Miami-Dade County’s anti-wage-theft ordinance and prohibit other counties from passing similar laws, was approved by the Florida House of Representatives today.

Representative Barbara Watson (D-Miami Gardens) delivered the following remarks in opposition to HB 609 during floor debate on the bill:
“We must give these workers back those wages that are due to them. If we have an employer who is constantly ripping off his employees this bill will prohibit the employees from doing a class action suit. Theft is theft.”


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