The Department of Consumer and Worker Protection (DCWP), formerly the Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA), seeks to protect and enhance the daily economic lives of New Yorkers to help create thriving communities. The emergency rule makes it illegal to increase prices by 10 percent or more...
Women face unique challenges in the workplace and marketplace.
The Department of Consumer and Worker Protection created these tips to educate
women about ways to protect themselves and where to turn for help.
This report examines the virtual lease-to-own (LTO) industry in New York City, specifically focusing on those promoted by brick-and mortar businesses, and the deceptive tactics used to lure consumers into financing agreements.
Scammers often take advantage of vulnerable people during times of crisis and distress. It is important that you be aware of any potential scams in order to protect yourself and your money. This publication describes common COVID-19-related scams and tips to stay safe.
This research brief examines how COVID-19 is impacting New Yorkers' financial health in the short-term and the potential long-term impacts of not immediately addressing the uneven impact of the pandemic economy.
After analyzing the more than 10,000 complaints about price gouging, DCWP found that the neighborhoods with the most complaints are many of the same neighborhoods that were hardest hit by COVID-19. These neighborhoods, which are majority Black and Hispanic, are already financially vulnerable.
This research brief examines the financial vulnerability of New Yorkers prior to the COVID-19 crisis to understand who is least able to cope with its economic effects. The research brief looks at three key indicators of financial health—banking access, emergency savings, and credit access.