Asked in Employment Law and Gov & Administrative Law for New York

Q: Is it illegal for a NYC Govt agency to tell staff they will get a pay raise but then never give it to them?

I was told (not in writing) that I would be getting two $2 raises ($16 to $18 to $20 per hour), but it's been over two years and they never gave me either raise. What law for NYC or NYS says this is not allowed, and where can I find that law to show my employer?

1 Lawyer Answer
V. Jonas Urba
V. Jonas Urba
  • New York, NY
  • Licensed in New York

A: Have you asked your union, assuming you belong to one? Your union contract protects everyone. It's called a collective agreement for a reason.

If you have no union and you continue working for the lower pay have you ratified that? Meaning agreed to it?

If you have no written, signed contract of employment, privately, and are paid above minimum wage and overtime what would your cause of action be? Consult employment lawyers to review your documents including the above issues.

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