Rising labor violations hurt immigrant workers, official says – Full Article
Long Island’s rising immigrant work force has intensified the work of the U.S. Labor Department’s Westbury office, said Irv Miljoner, the head of that office, at a conference in Glen Cove Thursday morning.
Along with increased immigrant workers has come more flagrant employer violations against those workers, including minimum wage and overtime violations and even, human trafficking, also known as forced servitude.
In the article the Irv Miljoner of the US Labor Department states:
“We now find more minimum-wage violations on Long Island than ever before,” he said.
He mentioned the case of a dishwasher in a restaurant who was paid the equivalent of $2 an hour and and a car wash worker who wasn’t paid a wage at all, only tips. Both cases are flagrant violations of federal minimum wage rules, he said.
It’s not too surprising that immigrants are being taken advantage of. The current trend of vilifying and demonizing immigrants just makes it much easier for these businesses to do.