Will the New York Times’ Labor Reporting Ever Get the Facts Straight?

The following excerpt is from an article that originally appeared on The Economic Crisis Report

According to an article in last week’s New York Times by reporter Sarah Maslin Nir, when low-wage workers win court judgements against their employers they often have a hard time collecting. The problem is it isn’t true.

Nir’s key example actually contradicts her main argument. The whole episode is indicative of the Times’ approach to covering labor issues, which is essentially advocacy not journalism.

The article opens with the story of a lawsuit against a small chain of car washes in New York and New Jersey owned by José Vázquez. After 18 employees were awarded $1.65 million in a settlement, Nir reported, they were unable to get their money:

The workers who toiled at the Vázquez carwashes have seen little of their settlements after the owners filed for bankruptcy, appearing to take advantage of a well-worn tactic used to avoid paying exploited workers, according to labor advocates.

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