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Cuomo: NY carnival operator to pay back wages

ALBANY, N.Y. - ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — An operator of traveling carnivals in New York has agreed to pay $325,000 in back wages to workers, ensure their housing meets hygiene standards and reform employment practices.

Attorney General Andrew Cuomo says Dreamland Amusements Inc. denied workers minimum wage and overtime pay though they often worked 70 or more hours weekly, with Mexican workers on temporary visas getting the worst treatment. The company was hired by carnivals and fairs in Essex, Nassau, New York, Orange, Rensselaer, Richmond, Suffolk, Ulster and Westchester counties.

Cuomo says an investigation also found cramped trailers, often infested with insects.

Stanely Schlein, a lawyer for Dreamland, says the company has paid $120,000 already and is addressing the issues.

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