December 11, 2014
By Stephanie West
New York, NY – A report recently released by the United States Labor Department shows that up to 6.5 percent of New Yorkers are paid less than the minimum wage, with more than 300,000 workers suffering minimum-wage violations each month.
"I hope all New Yorkers and all Americans will sit up and listen to the message of the fast food workers taking to the streets," said NYS Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman.
"Everyone deserves a fair day’s pay for a fair day’s work. As New York State attorney general, it is my job to ensure equal justice under law. It’s why I’ve fought to recover more than $19 million for nearly 14,000 workers over the past four years and why we continue to crack down on wage theft by unscrupulous employers in every industry. It’s why my office supports New Yorkers’ right to a safe working environment and their right to join a union, without fear of retaliation."
Since taking office in 2011, Attorney General Schneiderman has successfully take action in more than 50 cases of labor violations, returning more than $19 million in restitution to almost 14,000 workers across New York.