Posted by: Stacy Perman on October 22, 2008
Second verse, nearly the same as the first:
Yesterday, I wrote about the arrest of two supermarket executives in Brooklyn accused of cheating their immigrant workers out of hundreds of thousands of dollars in salary. Now comes the announcement that a federal judge in New York has ruled against the owners of two Saigon Grill restaurants in Manhattan for violating state and federal minimum wage and overtime laws against its deliverymen. Among the allegations made by the workers, all Chinese immigrants, was that they were made to work 11 to 13 hours a day, often six days a week while the company routinely took illegal deductions out of their salaries for various infractions(ie.: failing to log in a delivery). And their pay, the judge found, usually came to less than $2 an hour, substantially less than federal and state minimum wages. Now the restaurant, accused of not paying much at all is going to have to pay big. Magistrate Judge Michael H. Dolinger awarded the 36 delivery workers $4.6 million.
Following the ruling, Yu Guan Ke, one of the deliverymen, told the New York Times: “I’m very, very happy about this decision…It was worth the fight because we were treated badly for so long,” he added. “I never imagined we would receive so much money.”
Ken Kimerling, an attorney with the Asian American Legal Defense Fund and a co-counsel on the case told the New York Post:
“This is an enormous victory. The problems at Saigon Grill are problems that are endemic to the entire restaurant industry.”