Eric has always fought for equal justice to ensure that there is not one set of rules for the powerful and another for everyone else. In the Senate, he has been a strong leader for the interests of New York's working men and women - from increasing the minimum wage, to championing the right to organize, to improving the worker's compensation system, to bringing good-paying green jobs to our state.
In these tough economic times, New York needs an Attorney General who will vigorously enforce our labor laws to make sure corporations are not shortchanging the working families of this state. Eric knows that most labor violations aren't just a matter of a few bad apples. That's why as Attorney General, he will aggressively seek to identify patterns of abuses across industries, working closely with community organizations, unions, and faith groups to bring whistleblowers forward, and deliver systemic reforms.
As Attorney General, Eric will launch industry-wide investigations with the goal of implementing industry-wide results. He will crack down on the widespread misclassification of workers to underpay them, the failure to provide workers compensation, and the abuse of undocumented workers. Eric will also make wage theft a top priority. When employers steal from workers by forcing them to work off the clock, failing to pay minimum wage or overtime, taking illegal deductions from their pay or any other form of wage theft, it must be treated as seriously by law enforcement as any other crime that costs thousands of New Yorkers millions of dollars per year.