Fresh off their victory in pushing for a $15-an-hour minimum wage, a group of advocates on Monday rolled out a proposal to deter wage theft, or instances in which employers don’t pay for all the hours worked by their employees or add extra deductions such as charging delivery workers for their bikes or gas for their vehicles. Continue Reading.
Under existing law, if a gardener is not paid what he or she is owed, they can put a hold on their employer’s property, called a lien. But, this is not the case for all workers and the state loses more than $1 billion dollars in wage theft every year. Assemblywoman Linda Rosenthal introduced the SWEAT bill (SWEAT standing for Securing Wages Earned Against Theft) which would make it easier for employees to hold their employers responsible. Sarah Ahn, an organizer with Flushing Workers Center, and Susan Zimet, the executive director of the Hunger Action Network join us to talk more about it. They are both members of the SWEAT coalition. Watch the video.
NEW YORK – Now that New York has approved a hike in the minimum wage, labor advocates want to be sure workers can collect what they’re owed. Continue Reading
The cash registers of many gas stations never sleep. “I was there seven days a week, 12 hours a day, 84 hours minimum. Minimum,” said Chitra KC, 35, who worked in a station on Sunrise Highway in Holbrook, N.Y. He is one of about 27 immigrant workers from Nepal, Bangladesh, Pakistan or India with wage claims against stations on Long Island owned by Steve Keshtgar, who filed for bankruptcy under Chapter 11 on Dec. 24. Continue Reading.
After due consideration of records and testimony, the State of New York found that Marco Lino, who chopped vegetables and mopped floors and hoisted crates six days a week in a Bayside, Queens, greenmarket, was owed $51,025.20 in unpaid wages. Continue Reading.
Incidents of wage theft are startlingly commonplace, from shady fast food practices all the way up to fine dining. Sadly, receiving justice and restitution from these incidents isn’t nearly so frequent, as updated legislation coming out next week seeks to highlight. Continue Reading.