Thursday, December 14, 2006

NY Businesses Illegally Keeping Wages
Surprise, surprise. Business owners are skimping when it comes to paying their employees. From the link:
Thousands of workers are being cheated out of wages by employers who fail to pay minimum wage or overtime, an "epidemic problem" that is spreading statewide, an array of immigrant and workers' rights groups said in a report released yesterday.

... In one case they cited as typical, a Salvadoran immigrant, Maria Pineda, said she was working in a deli in Roosevelt up to 18 hours a day, seven days a week, for a weekly salary of $275. On top of that, the deli owner paid her as few as one or two weeks of each month.

Raj Nayak of the Brennan Center for Justice, a nonprofit public policy institute at the New York University School of Law that co-wrote the report, said wage exploitation affects both immigrants and native-born workers. The groups said firm statistics on the number of workers cheated are hard to come by, but one survey determined that 67 percent of domestic workers in New York City received no overtime despite long hours.