Criminal Prosecution of Wage Theft and OSHA Violations

Wage theft and health and safety violations now are being prosecuted under criminal law by the Manhattan District Attorney, who has won convictions for larceny and manslaughter.  Join Diana Florence, Chief of the Construction Fraud Task Force at the Manhattan DA's office; James Rogers, NYS DOL Deputy Commissioner for Worker Protection; Gail Kelner, Partner, Kelner and Kelner (represents workers), and Brian L. Gardner, Member, Cole Schotz P.C. (represents employers) to discuss this new and innovative program that criminalizes labor and employment law violations.

When:              Wednesday, February 6, 2019
                          5:30pm - Check-In & Networking (light represhments provided)
                          6:00pm-8:00pm - Program
Where:              Cornell University - ILR School
                           570 Lexington Avenue, 12th Floor
                           New York, NY 10022
Fee:                    $150 (includes materials and light refreshments)
CLE Credit:        2.0 NYS CLEs - Professional Practice (Transitional and Non-Transitional)


Agenda (DOCX, 55 KB)

Speaker Bios (DOCX, 359 KB)


Increase Criminal Penalties for Wage Theft (DOCX, 13 KB), Exceprt from Governor Mario Cuomo's 2019 Justice Agenda, the Time is Now
NY Statutes (DOCX, 17 KB): Grand Larceny; Criminally Negligent Homicide
Sweeny against Harco Construction (PDF, 102 KB), Decision and Order, NY Supreme Court, Ind. 1972/15 (July 3, 2018)
The People of the State of New York against Linda Doppler, (PDF, 270 KB) Decision and Order, NY Supreme Court, Ind. 2352-2018 (2018)
Plea Agreement (PDF, 463 KB), Redacted, NY District Attorney
Kelner, Robert and Gail, An Analysis of O'Brien v. Port Authority (PDF, 486 KB), NY Law Journal (July 25, 2017)
Kelner, Robert and Gail, Establishing Liability Under Labor Law §241(6) (PDF, 537 KB), NY Law Journal (March 22, 2016)
Kelner, Robert and Gail, In Defense of Preserving Labor Law §240(1) (PDF, 538 KB), NY Law Journal (May 28, 2013)