- Associated Press - Thursday, September 17, 2015

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) - Eight-hundred businesses in New York state have paid a total of nearly $3.3 million in back wages, damages and settlements following investigations into worker exploitation.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced the totals on Wednesday. The businesses include car washes, supermarkets, restaurants and farming businesses that underpaid employees, didn’t provide promised benefits or were the subject of discrimination complaints.

In several cases, investigators acting on tips met with workers to determine whether they had been underpaid or improperly denied benefits or overtime pay. Many of the investigations took place within the past several months but in some cases they date back to 2011.

The Democratic governor released the figures at the Upstate Latino Summit in Rochester.

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