More Than $35 Million in Stolen Wages Returned to Workers in 2018

A statement from Governor Andrew Cuomo’s office announced that more than $35 million was returned to over 35,000 victims of wage theft in 2018, continuing the New York Department of Labor’s efforts to stand up for workers being denied wages. Since 2011, the state has recovered and returned over $285 million to more than 250,000 workers (the highest total in the nation).

Of the $35 million recovered for workers around the state of New York, half of the amount, roughly $17.5 million was recovered for workers in New York City. According to the report, the most common violations of wage theft that occurred were:

· paying tips only

· paying a day rate

· not paying an overtime rate for hours worked over 40 in a workweek

· charging employees for required uniforms or equipment

· not paying for training time


“New York State will not tolerate theft of wages in any form, and any employer that attempts to unlawfully withhold wages from their hardworking employees will be held responsible,” said Governor Cuomo. “We are proud to have recovered and returned the highest amount of denied wages in the country, and we will continue to protect the hard-earned wages of men and women throughout the state.”


New York state has made continuous efforts to protect the rights of workers, including consecutive minimum wage increases over the past 6 years. The minimum wage in New York varies based on location and number of employers, ranging anywhere from $11.10 to $15.00 with the new increase in place.


Share this article


Related Articles

뉴욕 한식당 임금 위반혐의로 고소

맨하탄 한인 타운 한식 바비큐 식당인 종로BBQ와 종로 곱창의 전 직원들에게서 고소가 들어왔습니다. 식당측은 팁적립에 대한 적절한 통지를 제공하지 않았고, 불법적으로 매니저를 팁 풀에 포함시켰습니다.

Read More »