SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – As a strong advocate for worker protections in Illinois, state Rep. Lance Yednock, D-Ottawa, is sponsoring legislation creating the Worker Protection Unit within the Attorney General’s Office, designed to investigate wage theft, unsafe work conditions, and unfair labor practices.
“While Illinois workers are still recovering after four years of assaults on their wages, benefits, and other protections, it’s important that we continue efforts to protect safe working environments and fair practices,” said Yednock. “Every worker deserves to have security in knowing that they have are working in a safe environment and that corners are not being cut just to save a couple of dollars.”
Yednock is cosponsoring Senate Bill 161, which would create the Worker Protection Unit in the Attorney General’s Office. The Unit would investigate crimes relating to corporations underpaying employees, unsafe working conditions, and dodging taxes and labor responsibilities.
“Illinois stands tall among our neighboring states as an advocate for unions, workers’ rights, and working families,” said Yednock. “Creating a new unit to help ensure that workers are being treated fairly, paid what they are owed, and that corporations are following the set law in Illinois is needed and deserved.”