In an interview with Law360, Christopher P. Maugans, a partner in Goldberg Segalla’s Employment and Labor group, discussed the concern for employers as the New York State Senate looks to vote on the Securing Wages Earned Against Theft (SWEAT) bill. To summarize, under this legislation, an employee filing for wage theft claims would be able to put a lien on their employers’ assets.
“I see a lot of complaints … that are baseless and they don’t have any merit to them, and that’s ultimately proven through the litigation,” Chris explained. “Under these circumstances, an employee, even if they file an action or there’s an investigation, where they merely make an allegation of a wage and hour claim, they can get this lien.”
Christopher P. Maugans concentrates his practice in complex commercial litigation and matters involving employment and labor law. With a focus on serving both public- and private-sector clients, Chris handles matters involving discrimination claims, improper-practice charges, employee grievance arbitrations, General Municipal Law 207-c proceedings, and New York Education Law 3020-a hearings, as well as proceedings under Article 75 and Article 78 of the New York Civil Practice Law and Rules (CPLR). Chris helps clients prepare for and navigate trials, mediations, arbitrations, and hearings before the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), Public Employment Relations Board (PERB), Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), and the New York State Division of Human Rights (DHR). He regularly counsels clients and litigates the enforceability of restrictive covenants in employment agreements, including non-competition and non-solicitation provisions.