Hillsborough County commissioners have moved sensibly toward a compromise that should result in the adoption of a wage theft ordinance. Commissioners may disagree on the best way to combat wage theft, but it is encouraging to see them put workers' needs first and provide relief to those who are being cheated out of pay or benefits. Commissioners voted 6-1 last week to accept a hybrid of two popular wage theft ordinance models out of Miami-Dade and Palm Beach counties. Hillsborough's version, which commissioners will discuss in a public hearing later this month, will point workers seeking redress to an administrative hearing in state court. If mediation fails, the county will connect disgruntled workers with Bay Area Legal Services, a nonprofit that provides legal services to the indigent.

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