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Old 01-14-2019, 05:56 PM
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Originally Posted by DSYoungEsq View Post
Further, the legislation doesn't really change the discussion about whether or not the requirement that they work without receiving pay violates the 13th Amendment (though that's exactly what it is attempting to do). Telling me I MUST work now to keep my job, but that I will be paid at some unspecified point in the distant future is not significantly different from telling me I must work now to keep my job, but that I probably will be paid at some distant point in the future.
Emphasis mine. That's what distinguishes it from involuntary servitude. These people aren't working because they are absolutely required to. They simply want to keep their job and they are accruing the wages even though they are not being paid. If they wanted to walk out of their job, I'm almost certain they could. Not entirely certain because I'm no expert, but that's generally what the 13th amendment forbids.