NEW WINDSOR – An Orange County woman is accusing a dry-cleaning and laundry business and its owner of cheating her out of wages, including overtime, in a federal class-action lawsuit filed on Sept. 27.
Mireya Aguilo filed suit in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of White Plains against Exit 9 LCC, Vails Gate Cleaners Inc. and Richard Massimi, for whom she folded and ironed clothes from December 2013 to Aug. 20 this year.
Aguilo says she spent 10- to 11-hour days, five to six days a week, at a processing facility at 41 Wisner Ave. in the City of Newburgh, Vails Gate Cleaners at 115 Temple Hill Road in New Windsor and Tailorland at 21 Route 17K in Town of Newburgh.
The companies paid Aguilo $7 an hour in cash until July 2015, a period when the minimum wage rose to $8.75 an hour from $7.25.
From July 2015 to this past February, Aguilo made $9 an hour, with 35 hours paid by check and the balance in cash, court documents said. During that time the minimum wage rose from $8.75 to $10.40.
Since March, the defendants paid $10.50 an hour by check, court documents said. At no time did they pay overtime for hours worked over 40, Aguilo alleges.