Abuse of day laborers in New Jersey

January 21, 2011 § Leave a comment

Nearly half of all day laborers in New Jersey have not been paid for their work at least once in the last year, according to a report released today by Seton Hall Law School that outlines widespread worker abuse around the state. Researchers interviewed more than 100 day laborers around the state and found the workers are routinely underpaid for their work and denied overtime. More than a quarter also reported being physically assaulted by their bosses. “These workers are being robbed, injured and beaten with impunity because of weak, under-enforced and antiquated labor laws,” said Bryan Lonegan, a Seton Hall Law professor, immigration attorney and co-author of the report. “And unfortunately, immigrant day laborers are just the highly visible tip of the iceberg,” Lonegan said. “It happens all the time in restaurants, gas stations, home health care, janitorial, laundries, car washes and beauty and nail salons.” Day laborers work on a day-to-day basis for employers in construction, manufacturing, retail and other businesses. Many are illegal immigrants who meet their employers on street corners and negotiate their day’s pay in cash, according to the report by Seton Hall Law’s Center for Social Justice. (NJ.com)

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