Daniel Gonzalez of the Arizona Republic wrote this article about day laborers in Phoenix. This article discusses day laborers (generally 'illegal immigrants' from Mexico) who are not getting paid by their employers or patrons. These unethical patrons hire a laborer for a day or so and at the end of it claim they have no money. Most laborers do not follow up with any authorities to claim their wages. However, regardless of immigration status they can make a claim with the Arizona Department of Labor or even make a police report. Wage theft is considered a crime in Arizona as well as in Kansas City, MO and Denver, CO.
I hope this article is helpful and raises awareness. Here is the link to it: www.azcentral.com/arizonarepublic/news/articles/0211wagetheft0211.html