Collaboration between state and local enforcement agencies and advocacy groups was credited on Feb. 15 with helping workers at two San Francisco area Asian restaurants to recover $316,000 in back wages and tips, and for missed meal and rest breaks.
The Chinese Progressive Association, the Progressive Workers Alliance, and the Asian Law Caucus said collaborative efforts between the California labor commissioner, the San Francisco Office of Labor Standards Enforcement, and the San Francisco Public Health Department were responsible for getting the workers their wages.
Under San Francisco’s wage theft ordinance, whose enactment the groups backed, employers can be fined up to $1,000 for failing to pay the city’s minimum wage, which is $10.34 per hour this year. The California Department of Industrial Relations Division of Labor Standards Enforcement said the eight workers at Pho Clement and Pho Clement 2 restaurants will receive amounts ranging from $17,432 to $85,114. 02.21.2012