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.
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 27, 1997 |
Juan Montez has recently learned an unfortunate new phrase in the American business lexicon: rubber check. As a former dishwasher for Larry's Malibu Coast Bistro, Montez says he received numerous bad checks as payment for long hours doing dirty dishes in a sweaty kitchen of the upscale eatery. And owner Larry Berkowitz's restaurant, Montez says, stills owes him more than $600 for weeks of labor.
January 24, 1997 |
The state's top prosecutor filed suit against Chinatown's biggest restaurant, demanding $1.5 million in back pay for 58 waiters who toiled for "slave wages" in the three-story dim sum palace. Atty. Gen. Dennis Vacco's lawsuit against the Jing Fong restaurant also seeks $400,000 in damages for the waiters, including Sheng Gang Deng, who claims he was fired in 1995 for protesting sweatshop conditions. A restaurant manager said no one was available to comment. The Chinese Staff and Workers Assn.