Renewed Push to Prevent Wage Theft

Under existing law, if a gardener is not paid what he or she is owed, they can put a hold on their employer’s property, called a lien. But, this is not the case for all workers and the state loses more than $1 billion dollars in wage theft every year. Assemblywoman Linda Rosenthal introduced the SWEAT bill (SWEAT standing for Securing Wages Earned Against Theft) which would make it easier for employees to hold their employers responsible. Sarah Ahn, an organizer with Flushing Workers Center, and Susan Zimet, the executive director of the Hunger Action Network join us to talk more about it. They are both members of the SWEAT coalition. 

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