JFK Skycaps to Receive Million Dollar Settlement
Skycaps who worked at John F. Kennedy International Airport for less than the legal minimum wage will receive almost $1 million in restitution and damages, thanks to the intervention of New York State’s attorney general.
In the period from 2008 through 2014, Alstate Maintenance, a contractor, reportedly paid 40 skycaps $3.90 per hour. The minimum wage for non-food service workers who receive tips is $5.65 and for others it is $8.
The contractor will pay $625,000 in restitution and $300,000 to the workers.
Although skycaps general receive tips for helping with luggage, the contractor did not comply with the rules and regulations that would have allowed it to pay a lower wage, albeit a higher one than what the workers actually received.
The entire proceeds of the settlement will be distributed among the 40 skycaps.
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