Probe finds Bushwick businesses paying 'slave' wages

BUSHWICK - Many Bushwick businesses are paying workers less than minimum wage, according to a state Department of Labor investigation.

"We are working 12, and sometimes 14 hours, and they pay only $35 a day," said worker Julie Ortiz. "The money never goes up."

Investigators said they found plenty of stores along Bushwick's Knickerbocker Avenue in violation of the $7.15 minimum wage rate.

Some alleged offenders include two Wow Car Wash locations that owe close to $100,000 in back wages. The boutique Magic Girls was found by the labor department to owe more than $40,000.

The Department of Labor plans to continue its investigation of businesses throughout the state.

Violators face penalties and fines.

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