Less Money, More Problems

Less Money, More Problems

For years, Harris Electric shorted its electricians hundreds of thousands of dollars. But then finally, in 2012, two employees came forward and brought the California contractor to its knees.

Adam Crisp was done. Finished. He’d spliced cables for Harris Electric for more than four years. Here he was, in late 2011, still making between $20 and $25 an hour, still occasionally taking his eight-year-old daughter out for a dinner of free samples at the Costco in Tracy, Calif. He’d known for a while that he wasn’t making as much as he should, but at the height of the Great Recession he just felt lucky to have work. He’d kept his head down and his mouth shut. But now, finally, he w

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