immigrants are claiming that a
construction company stiffed them out of thousands of dollars in wages.
Espinoza and Luis Castillos both said that York Restoration, a company that
specializes in remodeling luxury apartments, forced them to work grueling hours
and then denied them overtime and wages.
required to work 58 hours a week and they never paid me overtime," said
Castillos, 47, of Brooklyn, who sends money home to his three teenage children
"I would come to the office and would ask what was going on with my
50 members of the immigrant advocacy group Make the Road New York protested outside
"Justice for Luis and Carlos" and "George, pay us what you owe
is a general contractor with the company, according to city Buildings
business number, someone hung up three times. A call to an emergency cell phone
number used by
indicated it was temporarily disconnected.
Make the Road New York member
Julissa Bisono said
that the group has received nine complaints from
complaint with the state Department of Labor in March against the company.
weren’t workers. But they wore uniforms, had ID cards from York and they drove
outside the company’s three-story
building. "They’re not in compliance with
mostly undocumented workers and some documented. No matter what their status,
people are being exploited by them," Bisono said.
that many workers left the company after a few weeks because of problems
getting their wages.
worked six days a week, 12 hours a day," said Espinoza, 23, through a
translator. "I went months without being paid. They would always give me
excuses about why they couldn’t pay.
to leave because I wasn’t going to work for free," he added.
who quit in September, said the company owes him nearly $10,000.
God I had savings because I was able to take care of my family back in
said Castillos. "After several months, I realized they owed me thousands