I am pleased to report some of our recent successes in protecting New York's working men and women from unscrupulous employers who try to rob them, or intimidate them, of their legal wages and workplace rights:
We have a zero-tolerance approach to employers who refuse to pay the legal minimum wage, or who don't pay proper overtime wages, or who bully or take advantage in any way of New York's working men and women when it comes to wages, overtime, tipped wage credits for restaurant workers. I'm very proud and gratified to report our recent victories:
A working man or woman in New York who puts in an honest day's work expects and deserves an honest--and legal--day's pay. It's unforgiveable when employers fail--or outright refuse--to pay at least the legal minimum wage, or overtime, or who abuse break time and other workers' rights. We fight against this illegal and immoral behaviour, and we don't let our defendants off the hook until we have satisfaction for our clients.
Darren Rumack, our Partner in charge of fighting wage theft, unpaid overtime, and unpaid wages cases, has scored another success!
In just a short period of time, our Partner, Darren Rumack, has settled several Wage & Hour cases against employers who refused to pay our clients a legal wage, and who refused to pay proper overtime, and who were guilty of other violations. The following names are changed for the privacy of our clients:
John Mendoza* trabajó como detallista de automóviles en un taller en Queens. Aunque su jefe lo hizo trabajar seis días a la semana - y John era un trabajador excelente y diligente - el jefe de John le pagó con un salario por hora plana . Cuando John trabajó horas extras, su jefe negó pagarle a las horas extra legales. John no quería demandar a su jefe por su pago de horas extras que le correspondía; él esperaba que su jefe obedezca la ley de salarios y horas de Nueva York, y que un día le dé el tiempo extra ya contraída, y que su jefe page salarios adecuados en el futuro.
James Woo (all identifying information has been changed) worked in a store that sold kitchen supplies and cabinets. His employer paid in both cash and check. James was paid by the week, and was asked to work overtime on many days.
Darren Rumack, who is in charge of our Wage & Hours Department, has successfully settled the cases of two kitchen assistants from a diner in the Bronx. Their boss paid them in cash, refusing to pay a legal wage, forcing them to work overtime, then refusing to pay them their legal overtime wages.
Anthony Ottomanelli (his real name has been changed to protect his privacy) worked in construction, demolition, and remodeling on Staten Island. Although his employer made him work frequent overtime, he refused to pay Tony the legally required overtime rate of pay.