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Florida bill seeks to end wage theft

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Updated: 4/25/2013 1:45 pm
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) --  The Florida House has approved 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) passed Thursday by a 71-45 vote and goes to the Senate.

It requires 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. And it would preempt cities and counties from enacting their own wage theft laws in the future.

The measure has been supported by the hotel and restaurant lobbies and other business groups. Critics include labor unions and others who say working people can't afford to sit in court.

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