Capstones

Graduation Date

Fall 12-31-2015

First Advisor

Andy Lehren

Second Advisor

Ben Lesser

Subject Concentration

Business & Economics

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)

Abstract

Many restaurants in New York city have cases registered against them for failing to adhere to the labor laws of the state. In most of the cases, workers demand the wage that they have lost over the course of their work but face a hard time retrieving the money from the employers. In many cases, the owners declare bankruptcy and close down the restaurant for the time being but open again under a different name or under the ownership of a related family member. Though the court cases are ruled in the workers’ favor, they do not get the money from the owners as they liquidate their assets before declaring bankruptcy. The restaurant owners find ways to evade the law and continue the illegal practice.

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