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Crimes Against Workers Database

Welcome to CPR's first- and only-of-its-kind Crimes Against Workers Database. Here you’ll find detailed information about state criminal cases and grassroots advocacy campaigns against employers responsible for crimes against workers – leaving them dead, maimed, seriously injured or sick, or robbing them of some or all of their paychecks. You'll also find links to Google Drive folders with source materials. Search using the tools below.

You can also help us grow the database. We plan to expand the database as we discover new cases and gather new information and materials. You can help us by notifying us of new incidents or additional information about incidents already in the database. To let us know about an incident, contact CPR Senior Policy Analyst Marcha Isabelle Chaudry.

Disclaimer: Before you begin your search below, please review the database terms and conditions.

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Chemical Exposure | Texas | October 29, 2019

Aghorn Operating Inc.

The two victims — who were husband and wife — were overcome by hydrogen sulfide, a poisonous gas, due the Aghorn’s injection well’s lack of mechanical integrity. Aghorn managers dispatched Jacob Dean to check on an Aghorn pump house at one of the company’s injection wells. When Jacob’s wife, Natalee Dean, could not get in […]

Wage Theft | New York | September 13, 2019

Allcare Homecare Agency, Inc.

Allcare Homecare Agency Inc. reached a settlement with the New York Office of the Attorney General to pay $450,000 to over 100 of its workers for wage and overtime violations. The company also unlawfully threatened deportation consequences against immigrant workers when they complained about unpaid wages. The Attorney General’s investigation into the company began when […]

Trench Collapse | Virginia | July 23, 2019

Digges Development

Spencer Lunde, 16, died while working at a construction site, when an unsecured trench collapsed on him. Another adult male working at the site was injured. The incident occured at the site of a small housing development under construction on Solitaire Lane in Fairfax County, VA. The trench Lunde was working in was sloped 90 […]

Wage Theft | Massachusetts | February 28, 2019

ERA Equipment LLC

An investigation by the Massachusetts Attorney General showed that ERA Equipment LLC stole hundreds of thousands of dollars from its workers. The investigation revealed that none of the company’s thirteen employees received overtime pay for working over 40 hours in a week, and at least four employees were not paid the legal prevailing wage rate.

Wage Theft | California | January 10, 2019

Mango Garden

Investigators found that 56 workers at three Chinese-Malaysian restaurants in the San Francisco area were coerced to work up to 12 hours a day, 6 days a week, for as little as $2 dollars an hour. Workers were denied overtime pay and meal breaks. Each affected worker is owed an average of $37,000, but the […]

Wall/Building Collapse | New York | September 12, 2018


Luis Almonte Sanchez died when a wall fell on him at a construction site in Sunset Park. The subcontractor willfully ignored a cave-in warning that had been isssued shortly prior to the wall collapsing. Sanchez was measuring an area in preparation for work. The soil beneath the foundation wall collapsed, causing a cave-in, and burying […]

Crane Collapse | New York | June 25, 2018

Western Specialty Contractors

In 2016, Blumenfeld Development Group, the owner of the Gotham Residential Projected, hired ZDG, LLC, as the construction manager to build an eleven-story mixed used building. ZDG hired subconctractor Western Waterproofing Co. to install the building’s facade. On June 15, 2018, Timothy Braico ordered a mini crane to be delivered to the worksite even though […]

Trench Collapse | Colorado | June 14, 2018


Rosario ‘Chayo’ Martinez-Lopez died while working on a condimium project at a Granby construction site when the unsecured trench he was working in collapsed and buried him. According to OSHA, Martinez-Lopez was working on his knees approximately eight feet deep inside a trench, tying in copper piping to a main water line. He suffered major […]

Wage Theft | Colorado | February 1, 2018

Chad Faubus

Between February 2018 and July 2018, Chad Faubus hired three contracting companies (a total of 10 workers) to perform landscaping, electrical, and other construction work on his home. Faubus wrote the contractors checks that were all returned for insufficient funds. He then threatened to report the contractors to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement when they […]