Ocasio-Cortez’s campaign fined for not providing worker’s compensation coverage

As reported by Washington Examiner

Freshman Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s campaign was fined $1,500 by New York for failing to provide workers’ compensation coverage for a month in early 2018.

The 29-year-old Democratic Socialist’s campaign “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, director of public information at the state’s Workers Compensation Board told the New York Daily News.

“This coverage is vital to ensuring workers are protected for on-the-job injuries,” Stewart said.

GOP spokeswoman Jessica Proud told the outlet that the incident represented “hypocrisy at its finest.”

“The so-called champion of workers, when given her own responsibility, is not following the law. It’s unbelievable,” Proud said.

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Employers can cover the cost of coverage by deducting up to 60 cents per week from each worker’s paycheck, according to the law. “Every covered employer bears the cost of providing benefits in excess of the contributions collected from employees,” the agency said, according to the New York Post.

Spokespeople for Ocasio-Cortez and the Democratic Party did not respond to a request for comment.

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