New York, NY –
Dozens of delivery workers celebrated their recent court victory and award of more than $4 million outside the upper west side restaurant - Saigon Grill yesterday. WNYC's Kathleen Horan has more:
REPORTER: The delivery worker-plaintiffs, 36 in all, say they weren't paid minimum wage, which isn't unheard of in the restaurant industry since they also make tips. But most also worked about 80 hours a week and did not receive overtime.
The labor violations didn't stop there. Many of the workers say they were often fined from $20 to $200 for taking too long making a delivery, or for even slamming a door. Ku Yu Gwan worked at the Saigon grill for more than ten years. He says through a translator that he never thought the workers had any recourse because their immigration status kept them on the lowest rung of society.
GWAN: (through translator) Even the boss felt like we were a group of people that no one cared about.
REPORTER: Advocates say more workers than ever before have been coming forward and that the court decision will only increase that. For WNYC, I'm Kathleen Horan.
Kathleen Horan is a staff reporter for New York Public Radio, covering the neighborhood beat. She also reports 'Reset', an ongoing series documenting police-community relations in Bedford Stuyvesant, Brooklyn.