Enforce Policies Against Wage Theft

fast food worker

Target: New York City Council

Goal: Enforce policies against wage theft so that fast food workers receive the financial reward that they deserve for working overtime

Though New York City passed the Wage Theft Prevention Act in 2011, problems with wage theft continue to be rampant in the city.  Shenita Simon, who works at a fast food restaurant in New York City, occasionally worked for 60 hours a week; however, her boss would only pay her for 40 weeks and spread the remaining hours among her other paychecks, thus preventing her from receiving her rightful pay for overtime.

A nationwide survey on wage theft showed that around 76 percent of fast food workers who worked overtime were not properly compensated for their efforts, and 26 percent of workers were routinely paid less than minimum wage.  84 percent of workers in the survey say that they’ve experienced at least one instance of wage theft, including unpaid overtime, being forced to work on scheduled breaks, or inadequate reimbursement for expenses like gasoline money for deliveries.

Many people working at NYC fast-food restaurants live well below the poverty line, earning less than 23 thousand dollars a year. By signing this petition you will help urge the New York City Council to enforce the Wage Theft Prevention Act and to implement consequences for violations in order to protect the rights and living standards of New York’s fast food workers.


To the New York City Council:

Recent surveys have found that despite the creation of the Wage Theft Protection Act in 2011, wage theft has continued to be a problem in New York City.  Not only is this unfair to workers who are earning less than they put in effort for, it is devastating for their families.  Most of these fast food workers are in impoverished families living much below the official poverty line of $23,283 for a family of four. However, the calculated cost of living in New York City for a four-member household is about $93,502 when taking into account the cost of child care, food, transportation, health care, taxes, and other personal items.

Please help reinforce the act and to implement consequences for wage violations so that our employers will give their workers the financial compensations that they deserve for their time.


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