TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — The Florida House Judiciary panel has cleared a bill that would set uniform state standards for employees to seek compensation when they say they haven't been paid their full wages.
The bill (HB 1125) advanced Tuesday by a 12-6 vote.
It would require cases to be filed in county court. The bill doesn't provide for attorney fees but does allow for double the amount lost if the victim prevails. It would preempt cities and counties from enacting their own wage theft laws in the future.
The measure is supported by business groups and the hotel and restaurant lobbies.
Critics include labor unions and others who say that courts are backlogged and understaffed. They say the proposed law will make it harder for wage theft victims to get the money they're owed.