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 is officially designated NYS A486/S2844. It passed the Assembly, meaning it’s onto the Senate!

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 pass 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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Important Developments

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NBC News: Wage theft cases can be easy to win. Collecting is a different story.

At least 10 states permit workers to put a lien on an employer’s property in connection with a wage claim. By Chris Fuchs After waiting nearly a decade, Jin Ming Cao still hasn’t seen his money. Cao, a 36-year-old former waiter in Manhattan, had joined some of his co-workers in 2008 to sue their employer, a […]

Media Release: SWEAT Coalition Applauds the Passing of the SWEAT ACT, A486/S2844 in NYS Legislature; Urge Governor Cuomo to Sign the Critical Act to Stop Wage Theft

***Media Release*** For immediate Release: June 18, 2019            Contact:Sarah Ahn, Flushing Workers Center – 646-409-8056Kristin Brown, Empire Justice Center – 518-852-5766 Statewide Coalition of Workers Rights Organizations, Legal Services, Labor Unions, and many impacted New Yorkers Applaud the Passing of the SWEAT ACT, A486/S2844 in the State Legislature; Urge Governor Cuomo to Sign the Critical […]

Media Release: SWEAT Coalition Applauds the Passing of the SWEAT ACT, S2844 in the State Senate; Urge Assembly to Pass A486 and Governor Cuomo to Sign the Critical Act to Stop Wage Theft

***Media Release*** For immediate Release: June 14, 2019            Contact:Sarah Ahn, Flushing Workers Center – 646-409-8056Kristin Brown, Empire Justice Center – 518-852-5766 Statewide Coalition of Workers Rights Organizations, Legal Services, Labor Unions, and many impacted New Yorkers Applaud the Passing of the SWEAT ACT, S2844 in the State Senate; Urge Assembly to Pass A486 and Governor Cuomo to Sign the Critical Act […]

Crain’s: State can protect workers and honest businesses from wage theft

Op-ed by Richard Blum, staff attorney with the Employment Law Unit at The Legal Aid Society Read op-ed