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SF Chinatown restaurant pays $525K in back wages

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- A San Francisco restaurant in Chinatown is paying $525,000 in back wages and penalties for forcing employees to work long hours for less than $4 an hour.

Employees at Dick Lee Pastry worked 11-hour days, six days a week for about $1,100 a month. The city's minimum wage when the case was filed was $9.92 an hour. It's now $10.55 an hour.

The San Francisco Chronicle (http://bit.ly/Yqg9uC) says the settlement with restaurant owners is the largest payment the city has received as it tries to protect workers from wage theft.

California estimates it loses $7 billion a year to wage theft in lost tax revenue and economic participation by low-wage workers.

San Francisco is a leader in cracking down on employers.

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Information from: San Francisco Chronicle, http://www.sfgate.com

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