New York sues Trump administration for records on ‘predatory employers’
New York sued the Trump administration on Monday in an effort to obtain information related to a new program that the state says could allow employers who violate labor laws to go undisciplined by the federal government.
The complaint filed in federal court said the Labor Department should be required to hand over documents pertaining to the administration’s 2018 Payroll Audit Independent Determination Program (PAID).
“The PAID Program is nothing more than a get-out-of-jail-free card for predatory employers,” New York Attorney General Barbara Underwood (D) said in a statement. “New York workers have a right to know why the Secretary of Labor decided to let employers off the hook when they don’t pay their workers.”
The Labor Department has asserted that the PAID program is intended to resolve potential overtime and minimum wage violations under the Fair Labor Standards Act, according to Bloomberg News, which reported on the lawsuit earlier on Monday.
Opponents say the PAID program makes it more difficult for states whose labor regulations are stricter than federal law. A particular concern is that employers would be able to avoid allegations of wage theft because of the program, Bloomberg News reported.