Stop Wage Theft in New York State NOW

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During the Covid-19 pandemic wage theft has continued to run rampant in New York. Wage theft is an issue that affects workers across industries, from service and office to construction, home care, and retail. It includes minimum wage and overtime violations, stolen tips, unpaid off-the-clock work, and total non-payment of promised wages.

Over $1 billion is stolen from workers each year in NYS by unscrupulous employers. They’ve had a friend in Governor Cuomo who last year vetoed the SWEAT bill passed by the NYS Assembly and Senate. A766/S2762, Securing Wages Earned Against Theft (“SWEAT”), would strengthen the labor laws by making it easier for workers to prevent employers from selling or transferring property or assets during pending litigation to avoid paying wage theft judgments. Under current law, exploitative bosses can easily declare bankruptcy, close down and open back up under a new name, or hide their assets to avoid paying wages they have stolen from workers. Even when workers win a court-awarded judgment, we are left with just a piece of paper, unable to collect the money we are owed. 

With such weak enforcement of the labor laws, it is no wonder wage theft has actually risen despite recent increases to the minimum wage. It’s time New York joins other states that have similar wage lien laws by providing workers the tools to stop wage theft. Sign the petition, join the SWEAT Coalition if you are an organization, and spread the word to coworkers, friends, and family today!

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To sign up for the SWEAT online town hall to end wage theft on April 12th please visit:

You can also join the in-person press conference on April 13th at 11 a.m. in front of Gov. Cuomo's office (633 3rd Ave, Midtown/NYC) to demand SWEAT now!