“We applaud the New York State Assembly for passing the ‘Wage Theft Protection Act’. This bill will ensure that hard working New Yorkers will no longer be the victims of stolen wages. Before today’s vote, penalties for stealing workers’ wages were extremely low and the government was provided insufficient resources to enforce employment laws. With the passage of this bill, more than three thousand workers will be able to get the wages they rightfully deserve.

“I want to specifically thank Speaker Silver and the Senate their leadership on this. Governor Paterson should follow the Assembly’s action and sign this piece of legislation into law as soon as possible.”