(l to r) RWDSU Pres. Stuart Appelbaum, State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, and Speaker of the NYC City Council Melissa Mark-Viverito.
State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced today that New York City car wash kingpin John Lage and two associates have agreed to pay $3.9 million in a settlement for numerous labor law violations, including underpayment of workers and failing to pay for required employees’ compensation and unemployment insurance.
“This settlement is a triumph of justice for the individual workers who will be getting the money they have earned and are owed. But it is also a powerful statement of principle that working people can expect the full protection of the law here in New York State,” said RWDSU President Stuart Appelbaum at today’s announcement.
“Car wash owners who would deprive their workers of the wages they are owed are put on notice – they will be held accountable for their actions and there is a steep price to be paid for those who would break the law,” Appelbaum added.
More than $2.2 million of the settlement will be divvied up among roughly 1,000 New York City car wash workers.