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May 24, 2016
Assemblywoman Rosenthal spoke in support of legislation that would strengthen current laws to increase the likelihood that victims of "wage theft" will be able to secure payment of unpaid wages for work already performed from their employers. "New York has made tremendous strides in combating wage theft. Some years ago we passed the historic Wage Theft Prevention Act which represents some of the strongest worker protection legislation in the nation. Despite that, wage theft continues to be a tremendous problem here, particularly as unscrupulous employers find ever new and unique ways to avoid paying their employees their earned wages. A 2015 report of the SWEAT, Securing Wages Earned Against Theft coalition, revealed that there were 62 unpaid judgments totaling more than $28 million owed to 284 workers in New York," said Assemblywoman Rosenthal.  A05501