The House Education and Labor Committee is holding a hearing this morning on the Labor Department’s Wage and Hour Division — which has utterly failed in its mission to protect workers from discrimination and exploitation, according to an undercover inquiry by Congress’ investigative arm.
The inquiry, conducted during the Bush administration by the Government Accountability Office (GAO), involved a series of calls placed to Wage and Hour officials by GAO analysts posing as aggrieved workers. When the undercover GAO folks tried to seek help from the Labor Department to resolve employer issues, they were met with stonewalling … and in some cases, outright rejection.
You can listen in to six of the undercover calls in question — links are posted after the jump.
I like the first one. “Well hell, why didn’t you tell us you can’t afford to obey the law?”