LAAC-members Legal Aid Society – Employment Law Center, Centro Legal De La Raza, and Asian American Advancing Justice – Asian Law Caucus are representing kitchen staff from the highly popular Bay Area restaurant, Burma Superstar, in a lawsuit against the restaurant that reportedly failed to pay many of them the minimum wage in addition to denying them overtime pay, breaks, and sick leave. The lawsuit was filed in the Alameda County Superior Court on Thursday, September 8, 2016; the plaintiffs are pursuing class-action status. They are seeking back wages and attorney fees in addition to other penalties.
“These brave workers have overcome cultural and language barriers to join together in bringing this case, not just for themselves, but also for workers who are too scared to step forward,” says Palyn Hung Mitchell, an attorney with AAAJ-ALC. “We are proud to stand with them in pushing for much-needed reforms in the restaurant industry.”
Workers’ rights violations are not uncommon in the restaurant industry — immigrant workers and people of color are too often the most vulnerable to these types of injustices. This is a fantastic step in the right direction in helping low-income workers gain access to the treatment and wages that they are legally entitled. Read more on the fantastic work that these Bay Area legal aid organizations are doing in the full article.
Organizations mentioned/involved: Legal Aid at Work, Centro Legal De La Raza, Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Asian Law Caucus (Advancing Justice-ALC)