Wage Collection Crisis in New York

Empty Judgments: The Wage Collection Crisis in New York, a report released today in support of the NYS SWEAT (Securing Wages Against Theft) bill, highlights the problems that workers in New York face in collecting the wages they are owed, even after they have won their case against delinquent employers.

The SWEAT bill was introduced by Assemblywoman Linda Rosenthal and Senator Jose Peralta in 2013 and is being reintroduced this session. The report was written by the Employment Law Unit at The Legal Aid Society, the Community Development Project at the Urban Justice Center, and the National Center for Law and Economic Justice.

“The SWEAT Bill will level the playing field for workers who have fallen victim to wage theft,” said Hollis Pfitsch, Staff Attorney at The Legal Aid Society. Jim Dwyer in his New York Times About New York focused on the plight of low-wage workers who are victims of wage theft in his column last Friday.