Your hard-earned wages can be stolen by your boss.

And they can get away with it. The SWEAT Bill protects your rights. We need your help.

Protect your hard-earned wages

Together, we’re working to get legislation that’ll enable workers to recover the hard-earned pay that exploitative businesses owe them.

The system is broken and it’s up to us to fix it. You can bet that businesses that profit from this aren’t going to fix it for us. We’re doing that by trying to pass the SWEAT Bill.

Let's pass the SWEAT Bill

SWEAT stands for Securing Wages Earned Against Theft.

The SWEAT bill passed the NYS legislature in 2019 but was disappointingly vetoed by Governor Cuomo. The SWEAT bill has been reintroduced as bill number A9008/S7256 and we need your support to make sure it’s enacted this year!

Under existing law, if a worker is owed money by an employer, it’s really hard to collect any money because employers can easily hide their assets. SWEAT will allow workers to freeze the employer’s assets (called a ‘lien’). This lien is important because it means when workers are cheated out of their pay, they will actually be able to get it back.

If we enact the SWEAT Bill, we protect our rights as workers and make it so that we can collect on what’s owed to us.

Supporters of the SWEAT Coalition

SWEAT is a growing group of grassroots organizations, workers centers, legal service providers and advocates fighting to ensure that New York’s workers are able to recover the wages they’re owed by employers. Below are just a few members of the SWEAT Coalition that you may have heard of. With 85 organizations backing us, we are over 10,000 strong.

SWEAT Supporters Speak Out

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We are deeply frustrated by the Governor’s decision to veto Securing Wages Earned Against Theft (SWEAT), a bill that would have helped low income New York workers recover wages owed to them by their employers.  We strongly disagree with the reasons articulated in the veto message, but we will continue to work with the Governor […]

Statement from the SWEAT Coalition Calling on Governor Cuomo to Sign the SWEAT Bill

Help get the SWEAT bill signed into law!

Governor Cuomo has until December 31 to sign or veto the SWEAT bill. Make sure he hears from you! Call Governor Cuomo at (518) 474-8390. Send him at message here. Tell him you urge him to sign A486/S2844 into law and stop the wage theft epidemic.

NY Daily News: Workers in NYS are owed up to $1 billion in stolen wages: experts

By Michael Gartland A small army of waiters, deliverymen and busboys who worked at a Mott Street dim sum joint sued their boss earlier this year for cheating them out of wages — and they won. But collecting on the $943,000 that Joy Luck Palace was ordered to pay them in September has been harder […]