The National Employment Law Project released a report indicating that more than half of the low-wage workers in NYC are being cheated out of more than $3,000. annually. These workers were either not paid minimum wage or overtime, or because of another violation of labor laws. These workers, including laundry employees, home health care aides, deliverymen and grocery baggers, would still earn less than $400 a week, on average, if they were being paid fairly, according to the report.
The report also concluded that the state’s workers’ compensation system was “not functioning as intended.” Of the workers surveyed who had been seriously injured in the past three years, only about one-tenth of them had filed claims for workers’ compensation. And, nearly half of them reported that they'd been required to keep working despite their injuries.