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Post date: November 30 2016

A.G. Schneiderman Announces Renika Moore As New Chief Of Labor Bureau

News from Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman

November 30, 2016

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NEW YORK – Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman today announced the appointment of ReNika Moore as the new Chief of the Attorney General’s Labor Bureau, a part of the Division of Social Justice.

“ReNika has played a major role in all aspects of the Labor Bureau’s work as Deputy Bureau Chief, and I am confident that under her leadership the Bureau will continue to aggressively protect the rights of all workers in a changing economy,” said Attorney General Schneiderman. “ReNika has been particularly instrumental in the Bureau’s civil enforcement work, including its groundbreaking wage theft investigations of major fast-food chains. I am pleased that the Bureau will continue to benefit from her vision and dedication to defending the rights of low-wage workers.”

ReNika Moore said, “I’m honored to lead the Attorney General’s Labor Bureau. I’m excited to continue working with the Bureau’s talented team protecting the rights of New York’s workers, especially our most vulnerable workers, and enforcing New York's labor standards. Having represented workers to fight for fair wages and equal employment opportunity, I fully understand the importance to families and our economy of robust, dynamic labor law enforcement."

ReNika Moore joined the Labor Bureau of the Office of the Attorney General in June 2015, serving most recently as the Deputy Bureau Chief. Prior to joining the office of the Attorney General, Ms. Moore was the Director of the Economic Justice Group at the NAACP Legal Defense & Educational Fund. In that role, she led the NAACP LDF’s efforts to secure equal economic opportunities regardless of race. Among other matters, she represented a class of African-American store managers of a nationwide clothing retailer in an employment discrimination suit that resulted in a settlement for $7.5 million and extensive injunctive relief to improve racial equity in compensation, promotions, and performance evaluation. Prior to her time at the NAACP LDF, Ms. Moore was an associate at Outten & Golden, where she represented employees in wage and hour, discrimination, and sexual harassment actions. Ms. Moore clerked for the late Judge Robert L. Carter in the Southern District of New York and is a graduate of Harvard Law School.

The outgoing Chief of the Labor Bureau, Terri Gerstein, was awarded an Open Society Foundations Leadership in Government Fellowship, for seasoned public servants whose work in government has advanced economic and social justice. During her fellowship, Terri will develop the capacity of state and local government agencies nationwide to improve the conditions of low-wage and immigrant workers through strategic enforcement of labor laws, including through ongoing partnerships with NGOs. 

“Terri Gerstein has been a tireless leader for workers’ rights over the course of her career. Her vision and dedication to protecting the rights of all workers has enabled this office to recover millions in stolen wages for thousands of workers, obtain dozens of criminal convictions, and end on-call scheduling practices at major national retailers, among other important victories. I wish her the best of luck as she continues her life’s work through this fellowship with the Open Society Foundations,” Schneiderman said.

The Labor Bureau is principally charged with, and has been nationally recognized for, defending labor standards in low-wage industries by aggressively enforcing the laws protecting low-wage workers. Specifically, the Labor Bureau investigates violations of minimum wage, overtime, prevailing wage, and other basic labor laws throughout the state, brings civil and criminal prosecutions against employers who violate these laws, and represents the New York State Department of Labor in its enforcement of state labor laws.

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