NPR: Construction Booming In Texas, But Many Workers Pay Dearly

Unfortunately, worker exploitation returns with the booming commercial construction industry in Texas.

If wage theft is a nasty cousin of slavery, Tzintzun says there’s a deeper, more fundamental sickness affecting the Texas construction industry: the misclassification of construction workers as independent contractors instead of as employees.

“We found that 41 percent of construction workers, regardless of immigration status, were misclassified as subcontractors,” she says.

NPR Reports:

Read the report mentioned in this story about the working conditions in the Texas construction industry.

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