Arun Venugopal is a reporter and the creator of Micropolis, WNYC’s multi-platform series examining race, sexuality, religion, street life and other issues that define New York City. He has been with the station since 2005, and has covered a wide range of stories, including the death of Sean Bell, the controversy over the Park 51 mosque and community center and Occupy Wall Street .
NYC Cracks Down Employment Agency Scams
Thursday, November 13, 2008
New York, NY –
The city's department of consumer affairs has shut down three employment agencies and issued fines to others after conducting an 18-month-long investigation into what it calls "predatory practices." Consumer Affairs Commissioner Jonathan Mintz says people seeking employment should beware.
MINTZ: If you're going to sign a contract, you should understand what it says. That's so important in this context and this industry that is in fact illegal not to do so.
REPORTER: Mintz says the companies that were fined also illegally demanded fees up front. He says the city has collected only half of $80,000 in restitution, in part because some victims are afraid to come forward.