In an awkward turn of events, the congressional campaign for New York’s U.S. Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has been fined by the state for failing to provide workers’ compensation coverage for campaign staff during 2018.
The self-proclaimed democratic socialist has failed to provide the coverage required by law to her own personal campaign staff, just days after running on a campaign theme solely based on improving conditions for the working-class citizens in the U.S.
“The employer did not have the required workers’ compensation coverage from March 31, 2018, to April 30, 2018,” said Melissa Stewart, spokeswoman for New York’s Workers Compensation Board. “[It] was issued a final penalty of $1,500, which was paid. This coverage is vital to ensuring workers are protected for on-the-job injuries.”
The outspoken freshman representative from NY has been claiming to be an avid supporter of the underdog and a champion for workers’ rights since she began her stint in the political spotlight last year. In fact, she campaigned on this platform and even advocated for a $15-an-hour minimum wage and a Federal Jobs Guarantee stating, “anyone who is willing and able to work shouldn’t struggle to find employment.”
Republicans were quick to react to this hypocritical behavior, telling the media that this failure to follow a simple legal requirement gives an example of “hypocrisy at its finest” by Ocasio-Cortez. “The so-called champion of workers, when given her own responsibility, is not following the law. It’s unbelievable,” said state GOP spokeswoman Jessica Proud.
In addition, Oscasio-Cortez seems to leave a lot to be desired in the political ring as a supporter of worker’s rights, as she has been called out by several NY officials. Her lack of experience in office is causing a variety of issues for businesses in NY, including one where she used to work that has now closed its doors.
“Ocasio-Cortez’s desired ‘living wage’ of $15 an hour has been a living hell for many small business owners in New York, who’ve been unable to offset the cost through higher prices,” Employment Policies Institute Managing Director Michael Saltsman said in response to the closure. “It’s fine to mourn the impending closure of your former employer — it’s better to understand the misguided minimum-wage mandates that contributed to that closure.”
The restaurant has indicated that a policy endorsed by Ocasio Cortez is partially to blame for their closing and 150 employees losing their jobs.
Oscasio-Cortez is currently under scrutiny from both Republicans and Democrats and is in danger of losing her slight integrity with peers if she has not already done so. They are watching closely to see what she has to say after avoiding questions about why she is accepting paychecks during the government shutdown when she personally asked her peers to “have some integrity” and forgo their paychecks.
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