Fighting Wage Theft
Despite being one of the most progressive and diverse cities in the United States, New York is still suffering from many employment and wage issues that are still affecting their workers. One of the things that the workers are fighting for are the unpaid wages that minimum wage earners have been denied.
The report has accompanied the launch of a state legislation headed by Assemblywoman Linda Rosenthal that intends to simply the process of collecting unpaid wages to workers. The bill proposes three improvements: (1) to grant every worker the right to a temporary lien on their employer’s property for unpaid work, (2) permitting workers who filed unpaid wage claims to temporarily hold the employer’s assets while litigation is ongoing if the lawsuit is likely to succeed, and (3) to facilitate the collection of wage theft judgments from the main owners of private companies easier for the workers. For a New York City overtime lawyer representing such workers, however, it can be a very difficult task.
Many of the employers who have are facing unpaid wage claims and have violated labor laws have simply refused to show up in court hearings and continued to ignore the laws, often creating fraudulent companies in order to bypass liability. According to the website of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ®, some have even resorted to hiding their assets and properties to evade eventual judgments. And the problem is not in the state of New York alone. The fast food industry, despite being one of the fastest growing industries in the country, it considered the most susceptible to wage theft, with 9 out of 10 of their workers falling victim to wage theft.