RECENT DCA NEWS
DCA Protects Car Buyers
On June 5, we launched a public awareness campaign to warn consumers of the dangers of predatory lending in the used car industry. Our campaign provides a reality check about advertised promises, reminding New Yorkers that if a deal sounds too good to be true, it probably is. We urge car buyers to read our consumer protection tips, get complaint mediation, and/or receive free financial counseling. Learn more at nyc.gov/dca.
DCA Protects Immigrants from Visa Scams
Commissioner Lorelei Salas issued a warning to consumers about the "10-Year Visa Scam." Some immigration service providers and lawyers are telling immigrants, through word-of-mouth and deceptive advertising, that they can obtain a visa or green card if they have lived in the U.S. for 10 years. The scam is often advertised as "an easy way to obtain a green card," but fails to disclose that it requires immigrants to enter into deportation proceedings and other hidden risks of the visa process. DCA encourages New Yorkers, regardless of their immigration status, to use the City's free and secure services to ensure they are keeping themselves and their families safe. To make an appointment for free, safe immigration help by trusted providers through ActionNYC, call 311 and say "immigration help." For free legal help with citizenship applications, call 311 and say "citizenship appointment" or call the NYCitizenship Hotline at 1-212-514-4277.
DCA Protects NYC Care Workers
On June 24, our Office of Labor Policy & Standards (OLPS) partnered with the New York City Commission on Human Rights (CCHR), the Mayor's Office of Immigrant Affairs (MOIA), the National Domestic Workers Alliance (NDWA), and partner organizations to host a convening in Queens that helped domestic workers develop strong interview and negotiation skills and learn more about their workplace protections. OLPS also conducted focus groups to add to their research in better understanding the care worker community. The Paid Care Division within OLPS is dedicated to defending the rights of paid care workers, improving the quality of paid care jobs, and strengthening the paid care system. Download our multilingual brochures about legal protections that cover paid care workers.
DCA Protects Parking Garage Customers
Commissioner Lorelei Salas announced a settlement agreement with the company that operates 296 Icon or Quik Park parking garages in New York City, to refund $1.2 million to monthly customers. In January and February 2017, Icon charged its monthly customers a $30 "NYC Living Wage Assessment" fee, which misleads consumers because the company increased its rates to comply with the New York State minimum wage increase, not in response to a City law or to reach a "living wage." Current customers will receive the reimbursement as a deduction in their September statement and Icon will reimburse any customers who are not currently under contract in the form the customer paid the fee. Icon must also pay a $100,000 fine. If you have a complaint against a garage or parking lot, file a complaint online.
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