Saturday, January 30, 2010
Espada pays workers less than minimum wage
From CBS 2:
Embattled Bronx Sen. Pedro Espada is again under investigation. This time he's accused of luring impoverished members of his community to work as janitors at his health clinics, and paying them way below minimum wage.
Espada went to an upstate duck farm recently to take up the cause of migrant workers and demand they get fair pay and good treatment.
"What you're doing here is absolutely criminal," Espada said.
Pity that he apparently doesn't feel the same way about people working as janitors at Soundview Health Clinics, which Espada owns.
CBS 2 HD has learned that a company he controls that provides custodial services at Soundview was apparently running a sham internship program where workers received no training and were paid dramatically below minimum wage.
CBS 2 HD: "How much were you paid?"
Carlos Gonzalez: "I was paid $150."
That's $150 for two weeks work -- 80 hours at $1.87 an hour. The state minimum wage is $7.25.