Workers fight bureaucracy, win concessions

Part 2

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For four years, Janice Peterson worked for Amazing Grace, a homecare company.

Like Francine Boyd, Peterson says she was a victim of wage theft by that company and experienced the same issues.

“I was never paid overtime when I was working there,” Peterson said. “I used to work 16 hours-plus and get paid only $25.”

These 16 hours were on top of working a full 40-hour week. Peterson and other field workers were required to work weekend shifts where they were on-call. On Friday, the workers were given a company phone to answer the calls of clients and assist them with any tasks they needed.

Peterson would often have to use her own vehicle to help clients on the weekend. Although the owner of the company, Tom Crider, said they were only supposed to answer the calls and nothing more. Crider also said that $25 was fair compensation for the work they were supposed to be doing.


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Pauly Denetclaw

Pauly Denetclaw is Meadow People born for Towering House People. She was raised in Manuelito and Naschitti, New Mexico. She was the co-recipient of the Native American Journalist Association's 2016 Richard LaCourse Award for Investigative Reporting. Denetclaw is currently finishing her degree in multimedia journalism from the University of New Mexico - Main. Denetclaw covers a range of topics including genetic research, education, health, social justice issues and small businesses. She loves coffee, writing and being with her family. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram. Her handle is @pdineclah