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.
Information from: San Francisco Chronicle, http://www.sfgate.com
Comments are moderated by SDDT, in accordance with the SDDT Comment Policy, and may not appear on this commentary until they have been reviewed and deemed appropriate for posting. Also, due to the volume of comments we receive, not all comments will be posted.
SDDT Comment Policy: SDDT encourages you to add a comment to this discussion. You may not post any unlawful, threatening, defamatory, obscene, pornographic or other material that would violate the law. All comments should be relevant to the topic and remain respectful of other authors and commenters. You are solely responsible for your own comments, the consequences of posting those comments, and the consequences of any reliance by you on the comments of others. By submitting your comment, you hereby give SDDT the right, but not the obligation, to post, air, edit, exhibit, telecast, cablecast, webcast, re-use, publish, reproduce, use, license, print, distribute or otherwise use your comment(s) and accompanying personal identifying and other information you provide via all forms of media now known or hereafter devised, worldwide, in perpetuity. SDDT Privacy Statement.
All contents herein copyright San Diego Source ® 1994-2015