Workers at Co-op City in the Bronx are claiming in a class action that the companies that run the complex have cheated them out of at least $5 million.
The lawsuit claims Co-op City’s roughly 1,000 workers, including some who make as little as $29,000 a year, have been bilked out of overtime pay and other compensation to which they were entitled under the law.
“This is an employer who over the last six years hasn’t been paying the money he owes,” said Seth Goldstein, business agent at Local 153 OPEIU, which represents about 50 of the plaintiffs in the Manhattan federal court lawsuit, which won class status in December.
Co-op City must follow the rules when it comes to paying its employees, said Lee Shalov, lawyer for the plaintiffs. “It’s important for working class people to get paid in accordance with federal and New York law, because every penny counts,” he said.
A good reason for suing.