For years, contractors on public works projects have ignored New York state Labor Law and underpaid construction crews, carpenters, asbestos workers and plumbers. Thanks to a creative plaintiff class action attorney, Alan Pollack, thousands of those underpaid laborers have been able to recoup millions of dollars in unpaid wages by waiving their right to seek liquidated damages and participating anonymously in class action suits brought under the state Labor Law.

Now, attorneys at the National Employment Law Project and Outten & Golden hope to emulate Pollack’s strategy on behalf of hundreds of workers who deliver groceries and prescriptions in New York.