For Immediate Help
To report worker exploitation, wage and workplace violations, call the Task Force hotline at 1-888-469-7365 or fill out this form.
Reports may remain anonymous.
Working to Eradicate Worker Exploitation
Governor Cuomo’s worker protection efforts have helped transform the economic and social justice landscape in New York State. These efforts have shared an overarching mission of protecting workers in the industries where they are most likely to face exploitation, yet do not come forward for fear of retaliation.
In July 2015, Governor Cuomo announced a first-of-its-kind statewide Task Force to root out worker exploitation issues in multiple industries in New York State. In July 2016, to mark its one-year anniversary, the Governor established a permanent, statewide task force on worker exploitation and misclassification (Joint Task Force).
To date, the Joint Task Force has launched nearly 16,000 wage theft and misclassification cases impacting nearly 150,000 workers, and recovered nearly $150 million in lost wages, which it returned to 125,000 workers victimized by wage theft.
Investigating Worker Exploitation
Governor Cuomo created the Exploited Workers Task Force with a mission to identify and eliminate worker exploitation throughout New York.
The Exploited Workers Task Force will initially target 14 industries, including farming, childcare and home health care.
Exploited Workers Share Experiences
At the first Task Force meeting, video testimonials were presented that included the experiences of workers who were exploited in various industries across the state.
Protecting New York’s Workers
We’re working with employers to foster fair and healthy working environments for their employees.
See the results of a broad partnership to bring criminal charges against contractors who have stolen wages.
first-of-its-kind Task Force
Watch video of Governor Cuomo announcing the multi-agency Task Force to protect workers from exploitation.
What People Are Saying
President & CEO, Partnership for NYC
President, New York City Central Labor Council, AFL-CIO
President, Building and Construction Trades Council of Greater New York President
Co-Executive Director, Make the Road