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At N.C. Department of Labor, little help for unpaid workers

North Carolina has a simple requirement of employers: Pay your workers what you promise. When bosses don’t, Labor Commissioner Cherie Berry’s team has the duty under state law to step in and try to make it right.

But for years, Berry’s Labor Department has rarely pushed uncooperative companies to settle debts to their employees.

The News & Observer reviewed reports from nearly 50 cases in fiscal year 2014 that resulted in little or no money for workers.

If a company owner pleaded poverty or refused to pay, state investigators nearly always gave up. If the employer simply ignored them, the department closed the case.

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