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Brooklyn, NY - AG Cuomo: Brooklyn Supermarkets Cheated Baggers out of $1.1M

Published on: July 1, 2009 07:45 PM
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Brooklyn, NY - Attorney General Andrew M. Cuomo today announced a million-dollar settlement with the owners and former owners of two Brooklyn-based supermarkets for underpayment of their workers and other violations of New York State labor laws. The supermarkets are Associated Supermarket, located at 229 Knickerbocker Avenue, and Pioneer Supermarket, located at 1115 Pennsylvania Avenue (formerly a C-Town supermarket) both in the Bushwick section of Brooklyn.  The supermarket owners will pay restitution to over 50 of their employees totaling $1.125 million.

In a separate criminal action brought by Attorney General Cuomo, two owners of Associated Supermarket, Bienvenido Nunez and Martin Duran, have pled guilty to Failure to Pay Wages and Failure to Maintain Payroll Records, both misdemeanors under state law. Today’s announcements are part of Attorney General Cuomo’s ongoing drive to ensure workers across New York State are protected and compensated as they deserve.

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“Today’s settlement delivers welcome relief to the New York City workers who spent years being cheated out of money they had rightfully earned,” said Attorney General Cuomo. “The hard-working individuals of this state are the backbone and the lifeblood of our economy, and my office will continue to prosecute employers who ignore the law and steal from their workers.” 


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 Jul 01, 2009 at 08:14 PM Anonymous Says:

In low income ethnic neighborhoods a system evolved where jobless teens bag the purchases for tips. This works for the cashiers as they have less to do and for the teens bagging because they get tips, work indoors in an air conditioned place and they get to flirt or talk all day with the cashiers.
I guess they will now be considered employees and will be paid wages for two weeks (plus back pay) and then be fired, The stores do not need them. I really do not think this was such a crime.

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 Jul 01, 2009 at 09:18 PM The Truth Says:

Get the lazy shoppers to bag their own purchases.

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 Jul 02, 2009 at 07:50 AM Anonymous Says:

As far as I know, where I live, baggers are employed by the stores and do not get tips. I think it is a nice service that the stores provide because it saves time, especially when there are long lines.

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 Jul 02, 2009 at 09:44 AM FVNMS Says:

Reply to #1  
Anonymous Says:

In low income ethnic neighborhoods a system evolved where jobless teens bag the purchases for tips. This works for the cashiers as they have less to do and for the teens bagging because they get tips, work indoors in an air conditioned place and they get to flirt or talk all day with the cashiers.
I guess they will now be considered employees and will be paid wages for two weeks (plus back pay) and then be fired, The stores do not need them. I really do not think this was such a crime.

It's part of CHANGE. More is on the way.

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 Jul 02, 2009 at 11:29 PM Anonymous Says:

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FVNMS Says:

It's part of CHANGE. More is on the way.

You wrong; the Federal wage guideline specifically states that a service person who gets tips has to be paid a minimum wage albeit less then the normal job currently that translate into $4.21 per hour and more importantly if the server did not reach the regular minimum wage which is currently $7.21 per hour during each shift the proprietor needs to ante up to match the $7.21 per hour. So if you don’t know what you are talking about stop guessing and looking like a fool.

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 Jul 02, 2009 at 11:31 PM Anonymous Says:

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Anonymous Says:

In low income ethnic neighborhoods a system evolved where jobless teens bag the purchases for tips. This works for the cashiers as they have less to do and for the teens bagging because they get tips, work indoors in an air conditioned place and they get to flirt or talk all day with the cashiers.
I guess they will now be considered employees and will be paid wages for two weeks (plus back pay) and then be fired, The stores do not need them. I really do not think this was such a crime.

It is illegal you don’t know what you talking about see my post to FVNMS

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