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Fighting Wage Theft: New Tools for a New Economy

Tuesday, February 5, 2019 at 6:00pm to 8:00pm

The First Unitarian Society of Ithaca, The Sanctuary 306 N. Aurora Street Ithaca, NY 14850 (Corner of N. Aurora Street and Buffalo Street)

Today, employers are using the emergence of the gig-economy (broadly defined to refer to the entire rise of part-time and “precarious” work) to cut into workers' wages. Join us in downtown Ithaca to learn more about how companies are finding new ways to exploit workers in order to reduce costs, including the age-old practice of wage theft.

Hear from both the Tompkins County and the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office as well as advocates, experts and those who have been victims of wage theft in a discussion on tools and practices for protecting workers’ rights.


  • Matthew Van Houten, District Attorney, Tompkins County
  • Maria Figueroa, Director of Labor and Policy Research, The Worker Institute
  • Pete Meyers, Coordinator, Tompkins County Workers Center
  • Hildalyn Colon, Principal Community Coordinator for Immigrant Communities & Press Officer, New York County District Attorney’s Office
  • Shannon Gleeson, Associate Professor of Labor Relations, Law, and History, Cornell University, ILR School
  • Diana Florence, Attorney-in-Charge, Construction Fraud Task Force, New York County District Attorney's Office
  • Alexander J. Gancayco, Field Attorney, National Labor Relations Board, Region 3
  • Milan Bhatt, Esq. Assistant Deputy Commissioner for Worker Protection, New York State Department of Labor

(Please arrive around 5:30 pm to enjoy pizza and pre-program conversation; the session will begin promptly at 6:00 pm.)

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This event is free, but registration is requested to facilitate room set-up and ensure adequate refreshments.


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