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Protect low-wage and immigrant workers from fraudulent and predatory employment agencies!

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New York State’s most economically distressed workers are spending thousands of dollars to find jobs through employment agencies only to be scammed and exploited by those agencies. The laws that govern employment agencies in New York are outdated and weak and they fail to offer meaningful protection for workers.

A recent study[1] in Queens, New York found that 81% of survey respondents who had paid fees to an employment agency neither received what was promised nor received a refund. The current law discriminates against low-wage workers by allowing agencies to charge fees to low-wage workers before placing them in a job. All other classes of worker pay agencies only after securing a job. Moreover, employment agencies routinely send low-wage job seekers to bogus addresses, to businesses that are not hiring, and to jobs that pay below the state minimum wage and that are unsafe and exploitative.[2]

We must protect and empower low-wage and immigrant job seekers.

New York State must amend the General Business Law to 1) rein in employment agencies and deter employment agency abuse; 2) strengthen enforcement; 3) empower job seekers; and 4) improve the job market for low-wage workers.

Submit this petition to support low-wage and immigrant job seekers in their search for good and dignified work and to urge legislators to reform New York’s employment agency laws. 


[1] New Immigrant Community Empowerment et al. (2012, October 11). Dreams and Schemes in Queens, NY: Immigrant Struggles to Find Work and Obtain Status in the Face of Consumer Fraud. New York, NY. Retrieved from

[2] Turkewitz, J. (2013, October 15). A State Inquiry Is Said to Target Job Agencies. New York Times. P. A23. Retrieved from

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