[Marxism] 370 Grocery Workers Bag 750G Award
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Thu Dec 11 06:08:34 MST 2008
370 GROCERY WORKERS BAG 750G AWARD
BY DAVE GOLDINER
DAILY NEWS SAFF WRITER
A GROCERY STORE owner will pay workers an average of more then $2,000
each to settle claims they were stiffed on overtime pay.
Long Deng, who owns three stores in Manhattan and Queens, agreed to
pay $750,000 to settle allegations he forced employees to work extra
hours without paying them overtime.
Some of the nearly 370 workers were paid less then the minimum wage,
Attorney general Andrew Cuomo said.
“Employers who line their pockets instead of paying workers the wages
and overtime they’ve earned will be brought to justice,” Cuomo said.
“Unscrupulous employers must start respecting New York State laws.”
The cash will go toward covering back wages for the workers, some of
whom toiled for as many as 90 hours a week without making overtime.
Labor Department Investigators said employees worked an average of 15
extra hours a week at the stores in Manhattan, Flushing and Elmhurst.
“We will get the workers the money they work so hard to earn while
issuing several violations against this shameful employer who
violated basic labor laws,” said state Labor Commissioner Patricia
A Lawyer for Deng’s company, New York Supermarkets Inc., did not
immediately return a call seeking comment.
Past or current employees of the company who think they should get a
slice of the settlement should call the attorney general’s Labor
Bureau at (212)-416-8700.
The settlement is just the latest spotlight on the problems of labor
abuses in the supermarket business.
A supermarket in Flushing paid $229,000 in 2006 to settle claims that
99 workers were illegally underpaid. The owners of an Associated
market in Bushwick, Brooklyn, last year paid $600,000 over similar
Advocates say market and bodega owners regularly mistreat low-wage
workers, who are often immigrants with little access to legal help.
A study completed last year by the Brennan Center for Justice at New
York University School of Law found that menial workers such as
clerks and deliverers often work for less than minimum wage and
rarely get benefits or overtime.
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