New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has had her campaign find for not providing worker’s compensation for her workers.
Ironic for someone who pushes for universal healthcare for everyone plan.
“The employer did not have the required workers’ compensation coverage from March 31, 2018, to April 30, 2018, and was issued a final penalty of $1,500, which was paid,” Melissa Stewart, the New York Workers Compensation Board spokeswoman Melissa Stewart, said, The Daily News reported.
“This coverage is vital to ensuring workers are protected for on-the-job injuries,” she said.
Ocasio-Cortez, a Democratic Socialist, stunned the political establishment last year when she defeated Rep. Joseph Crowley, a longtime Queens powerbroker, in the Democratic primary. She went on to cruise to election in November.
Her spokesman said she had nothing to add.
One Democratic campaign veteran scoffed that “it’s not a great look” for Ocasio-Cortez that her campaign received a fine for not carrying workers’ compensation coverage.
“This is basic stuff, especially if you hold yourself out to be the champion of workers,” the Dem said.
GOP spokeswoman Jessica Proud called it “hypocrisy at its finest.”
“The so-called champion of workers, when given her own responsibility, is not following the law. It’s unbelievable,” she said.
Fox News reported that Ocasio-Cortez’s pro-working class stance has been questioned before.
She remains under scrutiny after avoiding answering questions on whether she will follow through with her own advice to fellow lawmakers to “have some integrity” and forgo their paychecks during the partial government shutdown.
Last year, Ocasio-Cortez was also mocked after lamenting the shuttering of a coffee shop in New York, even though it closed its doors thanks to the wage hike in the state – a policy that she supports.
“The restaurant I used to work at is closing its doors,” she wrote in a tweet. “I’m a normal, working person who chose to run for office, because I believe we can have a better future.”
The owners blamed the minimum wage hike for the closure. “The rents are very high and now the minimum wage is going up and we have a huge number of employees,” Charles Milite told the New York Post last month.
Around 150 people lost their jobs as a result of the closure of the coffee shop.