Kirsters Baish| Self-proclaimed Democratic Socialist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and her campaign were just slapped with a state fine for failing to provide their employees with workers’ comp coverage for an entire month in 2018.
Fox News reports:
The failure to provide the coverage to campaign staff is particularly awkward for Ocasio-Cortez, the Democratic socialist who rose to stardom after unseating top Democratic Rep. Joe Crowley with a campaign theme of improving conditions for the working class.
“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,” state Workers Compensation Board spokeswoman Melissa Stewart told the New York Daily News.
“This coverage is vital to ensuring workers are protected for on-the-job injuries,” she added.
Republicans jumped on the revelations, telling the newspaper that the episode reveals “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,” state GOP spokeswoman Jessica Proud stated.
Ocasio-Cortez’s “pro-working class credentials” have been questioned in the past, as well.
Fox explains that Ocasio-Cortez is still “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.”
In 2018, the Congresswoman was 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,” according to Fox.
“The restaurant I used to work at is closing its doors,” the Democratic Socialist said 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 pointed to the hike in minimum wage for the reason that they closed the doors. “The rents are very high and now the minimum wage is going up and we have a huge number of employees,” Charles Milite explained to the New York Post last month.
Roughly 150 people lost their jobs when the coffee shop closed.