BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) - A startling new report shows there is a group of low-wage workers in Buffalo whose legal rights are being violated by their employers. On Friday, the Partnership for the Public Good and Open Buffalo released the report at the Buffalo Public Library as part of Buffalo Poverty Research Workshop. Researchers surveyed 213 workers in Buffalo and found that nearly 59 percent of all low-wage workers reported at least one wage and hour violation.
In particular, among low-wage workers participating in the survey:
In addition, 56 percent of low-wage worker surveyed reported at least one potential health and safety violation:
"We do have federal and state laws that are supposed to ensure that people are not being exploited, but in many cases those laws are not being complied with" said Nicole Hallett, Assistant Clinical Professor of Law at the University at Buffalo School of Law.
"What I'm calling on is for the City of Buffalo and for Erie County to take an active role in ensuring that their citizens and residents are getting paid appropriately and that their employers are following the law, and that people in Buffalo have the opportunity to have gainful employment that is safe, where they get paid what they're supposed to and which means they don't have to live on the brink of poverty," Hallett said.
You can read the full report, Workers on the Brink: Low-Wage Employment in Buffalo and Erie County.
This article appeared as a WKBW Staff article on April 13, 2018. Go to WKBW here.
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