CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 15, 1998 |
A tearful but determined Koreatown waitress Saturday urged local, state and federal officials to enforce labor laws with vigilance so that other restaurant workers will be spared her pain. During an unprecedented meeting between authorities and Koreatown restaurant workers who spoke about their wages and working conditions, Jung Hee Lee said that she suffered a debilitating back injury while on the job.
September 6, 1998 |
In a dispute with implications for the future of Los Angeles' Koreatown, a group of community organizers and hundreds of immigrant restaurant owners are waging a bitter fight over wages and working conditions. But underneath, it is a power struggle between generations, stemming from different political and cultural values and aspirations.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 22, 1998 |
A federal probe of Koreatown-area restaurants uncovered rampant violations of minimum wage and overtime laws, the U.S. Labor Department announced Friday. In a sweep of 43 randomly picked restaurants, investigators found that 200 workers were underpaid by $250,000. All but two of the restaurants had violated the labor laws, said regional spokesman Tino Serrano of the U.S. Labor Department.
January 13, 1998 |
A federal judge on Monday dismissed a $1.1-million judgment awarded to three former waiters at the El Pollo Inka restaurant chain who had claimed they were paid only tips and no hourly wages. U.S. District Court Judge Audrey Collins set aside the judgment entered last month against the Southland chicken chain, whose owners had failed to respond to a Sept. 30 lawsuit. The decision means that the case will now go to trial.
December 18, 1997 |
Did the owners of a popular string of Peruvian restaurants work their immigrant employees up to 14 hours a day for no pay? Or were they simply the victims of some lousy lawyering? The fate of the family-owned El Pollo Inka restaurant chain may depend on the answer, after a federal judge this week awarded three former waiters at the Southland chicken restaurants $1.1 million in back wages and damages. U.S. District Judge Audrey Collins entered the judgment Monday after El Pollo Inka Inc.
October 30, 1997 |
Jing Fong, New York City's largest Chinese restaurant, has settled a lawsuit for $1.1 million with 58 workers allegedly cheated out of back pay and tips and paid less than the minimum wage. The agreement ended a suit filed by New York Atty. Gen. Dennis Vacco and a related case filed in federal court by the Manhattan-based Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund on behalf of 11 former and current workers. Vacco said the restaurant paid as little as $65 for a 60-hour week.