Empty Judgments: The Wage Collection Crisis in New York

Summary

February 25, 2015
CDP released this report in partnership with the Employment Law Unit at the Legal Aid Society and the National Center for Law and Economic Justice. The report highlights immense problems that workers in New York face in collecting the wages they are owed, even after they have won a court case against delinquent employers. More than $125 million in stolen wages remains uncollected from employers who continue to evade labor laws, according to the findings.

The report’s release coincided with the introduction of bill A5501, the SWEAT Bill – “Securing Wages Earned Against Theft,” which would expand existing mechanisms in New York law to better help workers collect the wages they are owed.

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Media Coverage

Wage Theft Runs Rampant In New York: Report, International Business Times, February 25, 2015
Workers Win Court Cases, But Can’t Recover Stolen Wages, WNYC, February 25, 2015
NY Wage Theft Victims Win Justice, But Money Remains Elusive, Gothamist, February 20, 2015
Awarded Stolen Wages, Workers Struggle to Collect, New York Times, February 19, 2015

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