Workplace Justice

Parking Lot Attendant Sues for Unpaid Wages

A worker represented by MFY Legal Services filed suit in New York Supreme Court alleging that the operators of the Queens parking lot where he frequently worked over 80 hours per week failed to pay him the minimum wage and did not pay any overtime.  Read the complaint here.

MFY Objects to Proposed Work Search Regulations

MFY submitted comments regarding work search regulations proposed by the New York State Department of Labor that would render ineligible otherwise eligible low-wage workers because they are unable to comply with bureaucratic requirements. We oppose these punitive regulations and propose that the focus be on assisting people with their job searches and the barriers they …

MFY Files Suit Against Bronx Restaurant Owner

MFY filed suit in Bronx Supreme Court on Tuesday, December 3, 2013, on behalf of a former worker of Rio Cobre Restaurant & Lounge, charging that the restaurant’s owner violated minimum wage and overtime laws, and violated the New York City Human Rights Law by firing the worker because of his sexual orientation. 

Essex St. Market Vendor Sues City Charging Discrimination

MFY filed suit in state Supreme Court on Thursday, November 21, 2013, on behalf of Carmen Salvador, a vendor at the city-administered Essex Street Market on the Lower East Side, charging that the city’s refusal to renew the permit for her small clothing business violated the Americans with Disabilities Act and was arbitrary and capricious.

Data Shows Weak Enforcement by NYS Department of Labor

The Coalition for a Real Minimum Wage Increase, of which MFY is a member, obtained Freedom of Information Law data showing that the New York State Department of Labor is not keeping up with the need for enforcement of wage laws.  A press conference to publicize the data was held on Wednesday, November 13, 2013, …

Court Refuses to Dismiss Immigrant Home Care Workers’ Wage Claims

In March 2013 former employees of BNV Home Care Agency filed a lawsuit alleging that the agency stole hundreds of thousands of dollars from them and systematically violated New York State labor laws. In October 2013 the seven named plaintiffs, who are represented by MFY Legal Services and Abbey Spanier LLP, defeated a motion to …

Town Hall on Wage Theft on Oct. 22

MFY, with Assembly Member Linda Rosenthal  and the Coalition for a Real Minimum Wage Increase, will host a Town Hall at Cardozo Law School, 55 5th Avenue (between 12th and 13th Streets) on October 22 at 6 pm.   Assembly Member Rosenthal, lawyers, advocates, and workers will speak out about the problem of wage theft, what …

Court Opinion Will Help Workers Win Unpaid Wage Claims

MFY applauds the First Department’s decision in Bonito v. Avalon to hold employers who profit from unpaid wages accountable, affirming rules that make it harder to hide behind corporate shells when workers sue.  MFY and six other worker advocacy groups filed an amicus curiae brief in the case.