NYC cracks down on employment agency problems

November 12, 2008 3:31:35 PM PST
A New York City crackdown on employment agencies has led to the closure of three companies and thousands of dollars in fines against others. Mayor Michael Bloomberg says the city's consumer affairs department has been investigating the employment agency industry for a year, sometimes using undercover inspectors.

A number of troubling practices have been found, including illegal fees, contract violations and refunds withheld from job-seekers.

Some agencies have had their licenses pulled, while others have been fined and have agreed to participate in training sessions.

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