NYS Attorney General & NYC Department Of Consumer And Worker Protection Recover $18.8 Million In Unpaid Wages For 12,000 Home Health Aides - Investigation Reveals Two Agencies ‘Violated’ Workers’ Rights & ‘Denied Fair’ Compensation
(NEW YORK CITY) – New York Attorney General Letitia James, in partnership with the New York City Department of Consumer and Worker Protection (DCWP), has announced an agreement with two major home care health agencies to deliver up to $18.8 million in unpaid wages to 12,000 Workers who had been denied fair pay for years.
The agreement is the result of a multi-pronged investigation conducted by Attorney General James and DCWP which found the companies - Intergen Health, LLC (Intergen) and Amazing Home Care Services (Amazing) - repeatedly violated New York Labor Laws and the New York City Paid Safe and Sick Leave Law by failing to pay their Employees millions of dollars in wages and failing to provide Workers with Paid Sick Leave.
The agreement, which is one of the largest of its kind in New York State, requires the companies to pay Workers up to $18.8 million in two phases, implement new policies to prevent any future violations, and comply with oversight from the Office of the Attorney General (OAG) and city authorities.
“Home Health Aides are on the front lines serving the most vulnerable in our communities, yet these agencies denied them the most basic form of dignity and respect: fair pay for a hard day’s work,” said Attorney General James. “These hardworking New Yorkers not only deserve the pay that was unfairly denied to them, but also the assurance that this won’t happen again - and that’s exactly what this agreement will do. I will continue my commitment to protect Working Families and Workers’ Rights as well as their wallets. Let this be a warning to all employers: exploitative and illegal labor practices will not be tolerated in New York.”
“In New York City, we fight to protect all Workers - including those who work in people’s homes,” New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said. “Home Health Care Workers care for our families and not only deserve Paid Safe and Sick Leave - it’s their right. To any company in New York City that thinks they can get away with withholding Workers’ Rights and violating our laws: we will hold you accountable.”
Across the state, 200,000 Aides provide home health care services each day.
More than 60% of Home Health Aides in New York State are Immigrants and more than 90% are Women.
Despite the vital importance of their work, Home Health Aides rarely earn above minimum wage and 18% of Aides statewide live below the poverty line.
The OAG’s investigation, which began in 2018 following a referral from DCWP, uncovered multiple, significant violations of State and City Laws that resulted in unpaid wages for thousands of New Yorkers.
To Read This New York State Attorney General’s Press Release In Its Entirety, Go To: https://ag.ny.gov/press-release/2021/attorney-general-james-and-nyc-department-consumer-and-worker-protection-recover