Class-action lawyers could be salivating at this new “wage theft” bill in Congress.

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There are members of Congress who believe that many employers commit something called “wage theft.”

Wage theft sounds ominous. I picture some fat-cat company owner intentionally purloining money from an employee’s paycheck and re-depositing it into some company slush fund.

But it’s more than that.

A prior version of a bill called the Wage Theft Prevention and Wage Recovery Act” claims that wage theft also includes “misclassifying employees as being exempt from overtime compensation or as independent contractors rather than as employees,” regardless of criminal intent, which the word “theft” would seem to imply.

Nomenclature aside, this bill

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