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Post date: May 1 2015

Statement From A.G. Schneiderman On International Workers Day

NEW YORK – Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman today released the following statement in honor of International Workers Day:

“Today across the country and the world, we celebrate the contributions of workers to our society. While workers have fought hard over the decades to achieve fairness and equal rights, it is clear there is more to be done. From illegal conditions on the job to intolerably low wages, employees in many different sectors are not being treated with the dignity they deserve. So today on May Day, we must commit ourselves to just treatment of New York’s working people and to a livable minimum wage that pays the bills for New Yorkers and their families. I am proud to have stood with the workers of New York during my time in office, and I look forward to continuing fighting alongside them.”

Since 2011, Attorney General Schneiderman has successfully secured more than $20 million in restitution for to more than 17,000 workers across New York. This year alone, the Attorney General has taken a number of actions to combat labor law violations and other mistreatment of workers:

  • Today, the Attorney General announced a $375,000 settlement with a KFC franchisee who committed numerous workplace violations, including failing to pay workers proper compensation for overtime hours.
  • On April 14, the Attorney General announced that his office had secured a total of $970,000 in settlements with current and former owners of 35 Domino’s franchise locations in 13 counties statewide, from Long Island to the suburbs of Buffalo, for violating workers’ basic rights.
  • On April 13, his office sent letters to 13 major retailers seeking more information on their possibly disruptive ‘on call’ scheduling practices.
  • On April 8,  with the NYC Department of Investigation, the Attorney General announced the arrests of five contractorscharged with underpaying workers on public works projects in New York City by nearly $1 million.
  • In February, a judge awarded a judgment of over $2 million in unpaid wages and penalties to the Attorney General against New Majority Holdings, LLC, a New York City-based Papa John’s franchisee, and its owner Ronald Johnson.
  • In January, the Attorney General obtained a judgment for nearly $800,000 against Emmanuel Onuaguluchi, the operator of Emstar Pizza Inc., another New York City-based Papa John’s franchisee.

If you are aware of a violation of workplace rights in New York State, whether as a victim or a concerned witness, please file a complaint with the Attorney General’s Labor Bureau by filling out this complaint form or by calling the Labor Bureau at 212-416-8700. 

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