New York State Attorney General Barbara Underwood sued the U.S. Department of Labor in connection with its new amnesty program for predatory employers.
Underwood’s action comes after the Department of Labor failed to respond to her office’s request for records related to the Payroll Audit Independent Determination (PAID) Program.
On Monday, the attorney general said the law requires the Department of Labor to respond to records requests. She believes that the PAID program allows employers who violate labor laws to avoid prosecution and penalties.
In a statement, Underwood said, “The PAID Program is nothing more than a get-out-of-jail-free card for predatory employers. 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.”
New York Attorney General Has Legal Right to Obtain Records
On April 11, her office requested documents regarding the PAID program from the Department of Labor. The department still hasn’t responded to its request under the Freedom of Information Act.