C-Town, in addition to being a great source of sad produce, steals money from its workers in Brooklyn, according to an announcement by the Governor's Office. The Department of Labor investigated 25 C-Town locations from December 2014 to January 2015 and found bosses had underpaid 323 workers by $360,000 altogether. Some of the stores probed were found to be on the up and up and others have since signed onto payment plans, according to the press release, but some are still under investigation. The state also awarded the victimized workers $90,000 in damages.
We've reached out to C-Town and the Labor Department for more information and will update if we hear back.
The announcement was part of a roundup of worker victories being touted by Cuomo. Others include: $8,215 in back pay and damages, plus a $5,000 fine from a Queens supermarket that fired a diabetic cashier for asking to take bathroom breaks; $680,000 in stolen wages and damages from 10 Queens restaurants affecting 43 workers; and $588,000 of the same for 64 workers at nine Manhattan eateries.
Brooklyn car washes were also targeted by Labor investigators, who with the help of activists and union organizers, found $446,000 in wage theft from 97 workers at 11 locations. Management at those businesses is on the hook for $111,000 in damages to the workers, and $30,000 in fines, plus the back wages.
Gov. Cuomo would like to take credit for all these actions and more, saying in a statement, "A fair day's wage for a fair day's work is a right and New York has zero tolerance for those who seek to exploit workers and deny them what they are rightfully owed."
Last week, Cuomo vowed to back a $15 state minimum wage, possibly in an attempt to win over the support of the union-funded Working Families Party, which he promised a laundry list of items for support in the last election, and has largely ignored since.