Michael Hollander Discusses Wage Theft Work

Former Skadden Fellow Michael Hollander (’08) of Philadelphia’s Community Legal Services (CLS) was quoted in a Philadelphia City Paper cover story about wage theft (“The Crime That Pays,” Aug. 9). CLS, which the publication identified as one of the only organizations in the city fighting wage theft, saw a huge increase in its wage theft caseload from 2002 through 2008, but since 2009 it has declined. Michael attributed the decline to the falling number of residential construction jobs and the slack labor market, which has made workers even more afraid to take action. “It’s a big risk to complain,” Michael said. “What happens to people, [such as retaliatory firings], those stories spread. It’s really hard for people to come forward and make these complaints unless they are already out the door. People who have already been fired come to us. There just has to be a better, more innovative way to enforce this systemically.”