The Strong Families Act may have had bipartisan sponsors, but it was only democratic Senators and Representatives in Congress that filed the Wage Theft Prevention and Wage Recovery Act earlier this week. Senators Patti Murray (WA) was joined by Senators Al Franken (MN) and Sherrod Brown as well as Connecticut Representative Rosa DeLauro and Bobby Scott (VA) in announcing the filing of the legislation which seeks to create civil penalties of up to $10,000 for violation of overtime or minimum wage requirements under the Fair Labor Standards Act. The legislation was described by its sponsors as their way of countering President Trump’s efforts to undo many of the Obama administration’s worker rights regulations, such as the doubling of the overtime exemption threshold. It would triple the amount of wages to be paid if employers were found guilty of violating the FLSA and make class action suits against employers much easier to initiate by including all employees unless the worker opted out of the court action.