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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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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 […]

Wage Theft | California | January 1, 2014

RDV Construction

In the largest wage theft case ever brought by the state of California against a private company, the state labor commissioner cited RDV Construction for cheating more then 1,000 workers out of minimum wage, overtime pay, and legally-mandated rest breaks on 35 construction sites across the Los Angeles region. Investigators found that the employer habitually […]

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 | District of Columbia | January 1, 2014

Power Design Inc.

Power Design is an contractor that performs electrical work in the construction industry. Between 2014 and 2017, Power Design illegally reduced labor costs by misclassifying at least 535 electrical workers to avoid paying overtime wages, paying minimum wages, and providing sick leave. The District’s Office of the Attorney General reached a settlement requiring Power Design […]

Wage Theft | New York | January 1, 2014

Cathay Express Transpiration Inc.

Cathay Express Transpiration, Inc. cheated 125 of its employees out of approximately $250,000 in wages by failing to pay time-and-a-half overtime rates to drivers and failed to pay minimum wages in several instances.

Wage Theft | New York | January 1, 2016

Gotham Pizza

An investigation conducted by New York Attorney General Letitia James found that between 2016 and 2019, Gotham Pizza and its owner Michael Shamailov knowingly and intentionally failed to pay at least 10 employees proper minimum wages, overtime pay, and tips at its three locations in Manhattan. The investigation found that workers were paid under the […]

Wage Theft | New York | February 21, 2013

Intergen Health, LLC / Amazing Home Care Services

An investigation conducted by New York Attorney General Letitia James found that Intergen Health and Amazing Home Care Services — two home healthcare companies — has repeatedly violated New York Labor Laws and New York City Paid Safe and Sick Leave Law. The two companies failed to pay their workers nearly $19 million in earned […]

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 […]

Burned | Florida | June 29, 2017

Tampa Electric Company

Underneath the furnaces at a coal-fired power plant were water-filled tanks designed to catch and cool the molten “slag” — a by-product that drips down from the furnace. On the day of the incident, hardened slag had accumulated at the top and bottom of the tank. Rather than shutting down the furnace, the company called […]