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.
Not only does our paralegal Christopher Fernandez put in a full day at the firm, helping us fight for our Workers' Compensation clients--he also is a top law student at night--but he has ALSO now won the regional round of the highly prestigious 68th Annual National Moot Court Competition! Our entire staff, and all our clients, are well-familiar with Chris's intelligence, work ethic, and passion. As he now advances to the national rounds, the rest of the country will surely see what we do.
Congress doesn't think so. What are the implications for workers?
Monday night, Congress voted along party lines to eliminate the Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Rule, a federal rule created by the Obama administration. The regulation on the chopping block limits companies with recent safety violations to bid for federal contracts unless they agree to remedies. It was designed to protect workers from labor law violations by the contractors that employ them.
El robo de salarios es una forma de intimidación financiera, donde los empleadores sin escrúpulos que se preocupan más por sus carteras que sus trabajadores doblan la ley hasta que se rompe. Lo terrible es que este tipo de conducta ilegal rompe las espaldas de los trabajadores de Nueva York y las mujeres que luchan para poner un techo sobre sus cabezas y comida en la mesa.
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:
The last weeks have been busier than ever, as Elizabeth Rios (Certificate in Latino Labor Leadership from Cornell University) and I have given numerous workshops in Workers' Compensation and Personal Injury laws, and in workers's legal rights to overtime wages, to no less than minimum wage, and to be protected from wage theft and wage bullying. Working people injured in construction, on scaffolds, doing demolition or asbestos removal, or working in restaurants or car washes--whether they injure their back, shoulder, or knee, or need surgery, or just medical treatment--they all have rights and need inside information on the tricks that unscrupulous employers and insurance companies play on people who have not been properly educated. Looking forward to giving many more of these free workshops in the months to come!