Failing to provide necessary coverage for employees might not be the best look.
A recent report by the New York Daily News revealed that Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez‘s campaign failed to provide workers’ comp coverage for a month last year. This is especially shocking due to the progressive platform that Ocasio-Cortez ran on.
The campaign was ultimately fined by the state of New York for the lack of coverage.
“The employer did not have the required workers’ compensation coverage from March 31, 2018, to April 30, 2018, and was issued a final penalty of $1,500, which was paid,” said Workers Compensation Board spokeswoman Melissa Stewart. “This coverage is vital to ensuring workers are protected for on-the-job injuries.”
While Ocasio-Cortez and her team did not respond to the report, one unnamed veteran campaigner criticized the oversight.
“This is basic stuff, especially if you hold yourself out to be the champion of workers,” said the Democratic campaigner.
She was also called out by New York GOP spokeswoman Jessica Proud for not providing basic coverage.
“Hypocrisy at its finest,” said Proud. “The so-called champion of workers, when given her own responsibility, is not following the law. It’s unbelievable.”
Workers’ comp coverage is vital for those that get injured on the job, and for a lawmaker that is constantly advocating for progressive welfare programs, it seems like a very hypocritical way to run a campaign.