New York - Brooklyn DA Charges Jewish Businessman For Failure To Pay Workers’ Wages
Brooklyn, NY - An Orthodox Jewish business owner was arraigned today in Brooklyn Criminal Court on charges that he schemed to defraud and failed to pay wages to five workers he hired to clean houses for Passover during March 25 and April 3 of last year.
According to the Brooklyn District Attorney’s Office, Samuel Just, 21, owner of Just Clean located in Bedford-Stuyvesant allegedly hired five workers – one man and four women – at the intersection of Division Street and Marcy Avenue in Williamsburg and hired them to clean houses for between $10 and $14 an hour. But workers say they were never paid, and if they did receive a check, it bounced. Officials told the Daily News (http://bit.ly/1NIxvy1) that Just owes over $4,500 in back pay.
“This defendant allegedly preyed on vulnerable people seeking employment, then cheated them out of their hard earned wages,” Brooklyn DA Thompson said.
One woman said she worked 27 hours straight cleaning houses before Passover, and was never paid the $2,300 she was promised. Just allegedly told the workers they were not authorized to work that many hours.
Other day laborers interviewed at the same intersection complained they, too, have been cheated by employers. “They rarely pay you completely. We work very hard,” one unidentified woman said. “If you work for four hours, they might pay your for three and a half, or sometimes even less. A lot of things happen here. Every one of us has had a bad experience.”
Just was charged following a complaint filed by the Workers Justice Project with the Brooklyn District Attorney’s office.
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