By Nicole Breskin
SOHO — Retail workers, activists and politicians turned out to announce the introduction of a new bill that could protect local workers from losing millions of dollars in unpaid wages.
State Sen. Diane Savino and Assemblyman Carl Heastie announced the Wage Theft Prevention Act in SoHo on Friday, which will stiffen penalties and heighten enforcement for companies that illegally withhold or steal wages from their employees. The bill was introduced in the Senate earlier this week.
“Mugging employees out of pay doesn’t only hurt families, it hurts communities,” Sen. Savino said in front of a crowd waving signs supporting worker’s rights. “It makes scrupulous employees less competitive.”...
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