Governor Hochul Announces Major Crackdown To Combat Wage Theft

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ALBANY, N.Y. (WENY) – Governor Kathy Hochul announced major actions to combat wage theft and protect the paychecks of hardworking New Yorkers.

The Governor said that the Wage Theft Task Force helped secure $3 million in wages owed to New York since the beginning of the pandemic.

The Governor also launched a new hotline and is in the process of developing a state-of-the-art online wage theft reporting system to create more opportunities for workers to report wage theft and receive what they are owed while protecting their privacy and safety.

“As we work to help New Yorkers recover from the economic hardship of the pandemic, we must ensure we are protecting workers and guarantee they receive the pay they are owed,” Governor Hochul said. “The Wage Theft Task Force has already secured major victories for workers, and I thank the Attorney General and District Attorneys for their partnership with the Department of Labor to crack down on bad actors and deliver justice to workers. I am proud that we are doubling down on our efforts in order to help more workers and make it clear that in New York, wage theft will never be tolerated.”

Starting July 19th, New Yorkers can report wage theft directly to the New York State Department of Labor by calling the new hotline at 833-910-4378, which has interpretation services available.

The online reporting system will give New Yorkers the ability to report wage theft online in a variety of languages while improving the Department’s ability to track complaints and identify trends.


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