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.

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.

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Wage theft is on the rise and workers have no way to protect themselves and hold their employers accountable to the law. Despite this, Governor Cuomo heartlessly vetoed the SWEAT bill last year. We know the SWEAT bill can help stop wage theft. If we want to ensure that Governor Cuomo signs the SWEAT bill […]

The Senate Passed SWEAT! Cuomo Must Follow Suit

On July 23rd, SWEAT once again passed the Senate, with two-thirds in support.  When Governor Cuomo heartlessly vetoed the SWEAT bill in January, he promised to address the problem of wage theft. He has failed to do so. With workers facing severe economic difficulties and with wage theft on the rise, it is more important […]


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