Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced that New York state's newly created Anti-Retaliation Unit has secured the immediate reinstatement and over $68,000 in restitution payments for two victims of wage theft, according to an article on governor.ny.gov.
The workers were fired by their employer, Pinnacle Holdings, after the state Department of Labor sent notice of its determination against the business, governor.ny.gov. said.
As part of an ongoing wage theft investigation, state investigators discovered two individuals, Fernando Puerta and Mario Gil, living in an illegal basement apartment in East Elmhurst in exchange for performing janitorial work on-site. Neither worker had been receiving wages, governor.ny.gov said.
The Department of Labor subsequently issued a decision against the employer substantiating the wage theft case and determining that back wages were owed. The Department of Labor imposed a total $71,225.81 in fines, damages and restitution for unpaid wages on Pinnacle Holdings. The workers received $68,225.81 in restitution and the remaining $3,000 was collected by the Department of Labor in the form of additional fines, governor.ny.gov said.
Read the full governor.ny.gov article here.
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