KCRW Covers Wage Theft in the Restaurant Industry

KCRW, a National Public Radio affiliate, is airing an investigative series on workplace injustices in Los Angeles’s restaurant industry. This series airs the entire week of August 1, 2016. The series provides thoughtful, in-depth reporting on the scourge of wage theft.

It features coverage of some of Wage Justice’s work (including our victory in the Nem Nuong case) and interview clips with some of Wage Justice’s staff and partner organizations. Check it out online (or on live radio)!

See the details here:

$190,000 in Back Pay Secured for Rosemead Restaurant Workers

The Wage Justice Center, representing California Labor Commissioner Julie A. Su, reached a $190,000 settlement for three workers who were victims of wage theft while employed at a Rosemead restaurant, Nem Nuong Ninh Hoa. The settlement comes after the owners faced a lawsuit for fraudulently transferring the restaurant’s ownership to avoid paying the workers their back pay.

The Labor Commissioner’s Office teamed up with the Wage Justice Center to file a lawsuit in Los Angeles Superior Court in June 2015 against the three owners and their corporations to enforce payment of the August 2013 orders.

The Wage Justice Center specializes in unraveling corporate schemes by employers, and holding them accountable for wage theft.

“This settlement shows that employers who cheat can run but can’t hide,” said Labor Commissioner Julie Su. “Corporate shell games like these are common responses to wage judgments, deprive workers of wages they rightly deserve, and we will take every measure to stop them.”

The three employees, who worked as kitchen staff, regularly worked 12-hour shifts, six days per week with no overtime, meal periods, or rest breaks. They were paid $875 to $900 twice per month, with no pay stubs detailing their hours or lawful deductions. Each worker filed wage claims in May 2012 and January 2013, and won judgments in September 2013 ordering the owners to pay wages owed as well as liquidated damages and penalties.

As a result of the lawsuit settlement, the owners delivered a cashier’s check for $150,000 to the Labor Commissioner’s Office to pay the three workers’ back wages. The other $40,000 owed will be paid in six installments beginning August 1.

See the official press release here.