New York AG Eric Schneiderman forces Amazon delivery firm to pay $100G settlement after stiffing over 100 workers out of their wages
November 2, 2016
As published by the NY Daily News on October 28, 2016.
A company contracted by Amazon that failed to deliver on pay day must pony up $100,000 to more than 100 workers, according to a settlement announced Friday by state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman.
Cornucopia Logistics cheated the employees out of wages by deducting pay for lunch breaks that weren’t taken and failing to compensate workers for all of their hours.
The company also failed to keep required records documenting actual hours worked each week.
Cornucopia delivers Amazon.com packages and food from Amazon Fresh across the city.
More than a hundred current and former employees, including drivers, drivers’ helpers, and messengers, will be eligible to receive restitution from the $100,000 settlement fund.
“I’m proud that this settlement will allow hundreds of workers who were shortchanged to receive the restitution they deserve,” Schneiderman said.
“Delivery workers travel all hours of the day and night and through all kinds of weather to meet tight timeframes.
They deserve to have a proper lunch break, and when they don’t, they certainly must be properly compensated for all of their work,” he said.
Cornucopia cheated workers by docking them for lunch breaks that were never received due to back-to-back deliveries.
The company also withheld “call-in pay,” which must be paid when employees report to work but are sent home.
New York labor laws require employers to pay workers for all hours worked and to provide certain specified meal periods for employees. The law also requires employers to maintain accurate payroll records.
In addition to the payment of restitution funds, the settlement requires Cornucopia to comply with the law going forward, and bars the company from retaliating against employees for cooperating with the investigation.
Cornucopia will also designate an internal officer responsible for ensuring prospective labor law compliance, including furnishing the Attorney General’s Office with quarterly reports and payroll documents.