AG & TLC Settlement: Fleet Owner SLS Jet to Pay Over $1.6 Million in Restitution and Fines for Overcharging Drivers!
$1,387,500 to Be Returned to Drivers’ Pockets!
Thank you to all of our members who came forward to us with Lease Overcharge complaints!
NYTWA filed the complaints which lead to the AG’s and TLC’s investigation. Documents and witness statements were provided by NYTWA members and the union followed up with countless protests and media exposure to the overcharges. (LINK > Watch Taxi Drivers Protest Outside of SLS Jet)
For Immediate Release: August 12th, 2014
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“The taxi drivers who came forward are the heroes who forced lease cap enforcement practices in the industry. They took on retaliation and harassment in the name of justice and today they have triumphed. Given a driver who overcharges by $10 loses their license and faces prosecution for multiple offenses, the SLS Jet owners should be relieved for not facing criminal charges. We thank the leadership of AG Schneiderman and the Labor Bureau and TLC Chair Joshi and her prosecutors for staying the course and sending the message that drivers’ economic rights will be protected.”
-Bhairavi Desai, Executive Director, New York Taxi Workers Alliance
NY1 (8/12/14): Defrauded Cab Drivers Set to Collect Restitution http://ny1ne.ws/TdNvzf
Associated Press/WPIX-11 (8/12/14): NYC taxi drivers to get $1.3 million in restitution case http://bit.ly/1oJPRQD
NY Post (8/12/14): Taxi company to pay more than $1.6M for ripping off cabbies http://bit.ly/1yriMyJ
TLC Press Release (8/12/14): TLC and A.G.’s Office Team Up To Protect Drivers’ Rights http://on.nyc.gov/1kBJVOx
Press Release from Attorney General Schneiderman:
Yellow Cab SLS Jet, One Of The Largest Medallion Leasing Agents In NYC,
Unlawfully Charged Taxicab Drivers “Late Fees”
Schneiderman: Every Worker In New York Deserves An Honest Day’s Pay For An Honest Day’s Work,
And Taxicab Drivers Are No Exception
NEW YORK – Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman and Taxi and Limousine Commission (TLC) Commissioner Meera Joshi today announced that Yellow Cab SLS Jet Management Corp. (SLS Jet) has agreed to pay $1,387,500 in restitution to drivers who were illegally charged by the company, as well as $125,000 in penalties. Under a separate agreement with the TLC, SLS Jet will also pay $125,000 plus $25,000 toward cost of monitoring compliance, for a total of $1.6 million in restitution and fines. SLS Jet, located at 22-05 43rd Avenue in Long Island City is one of the fifteen largest medallion leasing agents in New York City, managing approximately 275 medallions.
Today’s announcement marks the second settlement resulting from a joint enforcement initiative of the Attorney General and the TLC to protect the rights of New York City’s taxi drivers under the TLC’s “lease cap rules,” which limit the amount of money drivers may be charged for leasing taxicabs and medallions.
“Every worker in New York deserves an honest day’s pay for an honest day’s work, and taxicab drivers are no exception,” said Attorney General Schneiderman. “With most cabbies already struggling to make ends meet, our agreement will put money back in their pockets and prevent this company from cheating drivers out of their hard-earned wages. Working with Commissioner Joshi and the TLC, we will continue to vigorously enforce lease cap rules and ensure that all taxi companies follow the law and respect drivers’ rights.”