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Hypocrisy in hiring

| Tuesday, Oct. 3, 2017, 9:00 p.m.
This LinkedIn ad seeks an independent contractor to manage a campaign aimed at boosting tipped workers' minimum wage in New York state for the Restaurant Opportunity Center, which views businesses' use of independent contractors as 'wage theft.'
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This LinkedIn ad seeks an independent contractor to manage a campaign aimed at boosting tipped workers' minimum wage in New York state for the Restaurant Opportunity Center, which views businesses' use of independent contractors as 'wage theft.'

Rarely have organized-labor advocates so clearly displayed their self-serving hypocrisy as they do in online postings seeking applicants for a job managing a campaign to boost New York state's minimum wage for tipped workers. That's because the person hired for an outfit that considers businesses' use of independent contractors “wage theft”will work as an independent contractor .

The ads were placed by the Restaurant Opportunities Center of New York, part of a larger organization with chapters scattered across the country. “Both emphasize that the worker will be classified as an independent contractor, rather than a full-time employee,” The Washington Free Beacon reports.

The ROC is doing so despite its Washington chapter listing “misclassifying ... employees as independent contractors” among “the methods by which employers cheat the system” in its 2014 endorsement of a D.C. anti-“wage theft” bill. And despite the ROC's New York chapter contributing to a 2015 National Employment Law Project report that similarly criticized independent contractors' use in the Empire State.

There also was a 2013 lawsuit in which eight former employees claimed ROC failed to pay them. As Michael Saltsman, managing director of the free-market Employment Policies Institute, says, “ROC has a history of ‘do as I say, not as I do' hypocrisy, having been previously sued by its own employees for failing to pay minimum wage.” With these postings seeking an independent contractor, the ROC only adds to that history of hypocrisy.

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