Chicago’s new Office of Labor Standards seeks to expose employers taking advantage of workers
By Chuck Goudie and Barb Markoff February 23, 2020
CHICAGO (WLS) — The leader of Chicago’s new Office of Labor Standards hopes people will help expose employers taking advantage of their workers, from not paying minimum wage or overtime to controlling housing and identification documents.
Ania Jakubek took part in an au pair program, moving from Poland to a small town in Indiana in her early 20s.
She said her living quarters were the size of a small closet with no window.
“I think that was terrifying for me. Like she said, ‘No this is how it is. This is your room.’ I had to realize after awhile, no, that wasn’t OK living in that condition,” Jakubek said.