On Wednesday, November 12, workers and advocates held a press conference outside the NYS Department of Labor to announce potential legal action if the DOL continues to allow criminal bosses to break the law. Employers are getting away with failing to pay the minimum wage and overtime; stealing tips; withholding wages from day laborers and construction workers; and misclassifying car service workers and unpaid interns so that they don’t get paid a penny.
The National Center for Law and Economic Justice, who will represent individual workers and NMASS, delivered a demand letter outlining the changes that would have to occur for a resolution to be reached. Workers and NMASS are calling for the DOL to take immediate steps such as: ending the alarming delays–many workers have been waiting up to 6 years–sending clear and timely notification regarding case status, and publicly implementing just policies. Recent changes in policies hurt workers even more, such as the DOL’s refusal to investigate 6 years back, as allowed to by law.