Many employees suffer low wages or work overtime without compensation because they are afraid their employers will lash out against them if they speak up, but some wage and hour violations do have happy endings.
Li Xiu Z. worked as a cook at Yank Sing, a dim sum restaurant in San Francisco. She was paid San Francisco’s minimum wage ($12.25 per hour) for eight hours a day, but she allegedly worked 11-12 hours most days.
Although she does not speak English, Li had more knowledge of and experience with wage and hour violations than many of her English-speaking counterparts. She had had a similar experience working for a previous employer and had won back pay to make up for the earned wages she had not received.
Li met with other employees of Yank Sing and they decided to issue a formal complaint against the restaurant. Continue reading ›