And it would appear that they have a lot to brag about.

Prompted by an expose of nail salons published by The New York Times in July, New York State’s “Task Force to Combat Worker Exploitation” launched over 450 worker exploitation investigations, finding more than 2,700 violations, including wage theft, failure to provide mandatory Workers’ Compensation coverage and retaliating against workers who complain about those violations. Over 2,000 workers were victimized by these violations.

Moreover, during the year, NY has returned $28.9 million in stolen wages to more than 24,000 workers.

Common violations include:

  • Failure to pay minimum wage
  • Failure to pay overtime
  • Tip theft
  • Hazardous and unsafe working and living conditions
  • Failure to protect workers with mandatory workers’ compensation
  • Retaliation against workers who complain
  • Failure to pay Unemployment Insurance contributions

The businesses with the most cases are:

  • Nail Salons: 321 cases
  • Restaurants: 66
  • Construction: 28
  • Farming: 20
  • Car Washes: 17

There’s also a “Nail Salon Task Force” that’s found more than 2,600 violations affecting 4,000 workers.

Industries targeted by the Worker Exploitation Task Force are:

  • Car Washes
  • Childcare
  • Cleaning
  • Construction
  • Farming
  • Home Health Care
  • Janitorial Services
  • Landscaping
  • Laundry
  • Nail Salons
  • Restaurants
  • Retail
  • Supermarkets
  • Transportation – including Airport and Trucking