City Comptroller Brad Lander is hailing a new law that would ban Big Apple companies from firing employees without a valid reason – but critics say he’s not practicing what he preaches.
On a number of social media posts This week, the far-left pole boasted that he is working with Democratic Socialist-backed Queens councilwoman Tiffany Caban to promote legislation that would legally protect workers from losing their jobs unless their bosses can help economic hardship or provide evidence of unsatisfactory work performance.
Caban’s bill, unveiled Wednesday, dramatically expands legislation passed last year — and led by Lander when he was a Brooklyn city councilman — that protects fast-food workers from being fired without cause
“Workers shouldn’t be fired on a whim,” says Lander tweeted on Wednesday. “Proud to support @CabanD22’s @SecureJobsNYC Worker Protection Act, building on our #Justcause protections for fast food workers. I hope other cities, states and eventually Congress will follow suit.”
Lander has been slammed by critics for firing two respected employees at his own office last month without implying their jobs were at risk or giving examples of justifiable reasons.
“Brad Lander, like many progressives in this city, is a hypocrite,” said Queens Councilman Robert Holden, a moderate Democrat. “They live by the motto: Do what I say, not what I do. New Yorkers deserve elected officials who champion common-sense measures, not social experiments that they themselves disregard.”
Veteran photographer Susan Watts said she was caught off guard during an impromptu office meeting on Nov. 3 with a human resources staffer, where she was fired as the Court’s visual content director. Just hours earlier, she had a pleasant chat with Lander after photographing him at a rally, Watts recalled.
“I’m not upset that I was fired, but I’m amazed at the way it was handled,” said Watts, whose resume includes more than two decades as a staff photographer for the Daily News. “This is completely at odds with what I think Brad Lander thinks about labor rights and how you treat workers.”
Alex Montoya Wunrow, the director of digital content, was also fired. Both were holdovers hired by ex-comptroller Scott Stringer, and they continued to work for Lander after he took office in January. According to Watts, they were fired without further explanation because of an “office reorganization.”
Lander spokeswoman Naomi Dann said the Court’s office does not comment on “individual staffing matters.”
“This administration works hard with both our unionized employees and political representatives to create a team culture that values feedback and collaboration and that provides New Yorkers with the highest quality public services and outcomes,” said Dan.
https://nypost.com/2022/12/10/brad-lander-wants-to-outlaw-firing-workers-without-just-cause-even-though-he-did-it/ Brad Lander wants to ban firing workers without “just cause” — even though he did