Icon Cleaners: Amityville Horror Revisited
- Posted by Jon Coppelman, Workers Comp Insider
New York's Labor Department has determined that Icon Cleaners unlawfully deducted hundreds of thousands of dollars from the paychecks of their 170 cleaners. Icon called these people independent contractor 'technicians' - all of whom wore Icon uniforms, worked under Icon control and used Icon equipment. Not only were they not independent, they labored under conditions of virtual servitude.
Here's how Icon functioned: each employee was forced to pay a $500 security deposit upon being hired at the company, which could either be paid for up front or deducted from subsequent paychecks. ('Congratulations on your new job, sucker!'). Technicians often found their paychecks reduced for a variety of (illegal) reasons: