Attorney General Cuomo Announces $750k Settlement With New York Supermarkets For Failure To Pay 370 Nyc Grocery Workers Minimum Wage And Overtime

NEW YORK, NY (December 9, 2008) - New York Attorney General Andrew M. Cuomo today announced his latest settlement in an ongoing initiative to force employers to pay back wages to employees across the New York City region failed to receive minimum wage and overtime pay. Cuomo’s settlement recovers over $750,000 for minimum wage and overtime violations from three grocery stores, all operated by New York Supermarkets, Inc owned by Mr. Long Deng. The owner and operator of stores in Flushing, Elmhurst, and Manhattan will pay back wages to nearly 370 employees who were paid below minimum wage and not paid overtime.

Workers at the three stores worked an average of 15 hours of overtime a week with some workers working up to 90 hours a week.

"Employers who line their pockets instead of paying workers the wages and overtime they've earned will be brought to justice by my office," said Attorney General Cuomo. "This settlement is another message to unscrupulous employers that they must start respecting New York State's workers compensation and labor laws."

"This is yet another example of employers looking for any opportunity to commit wage theft against their workers," said State Labor Commissioner M. Patricia Smith. "Working with the Attorney General's Office, 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."

"Too many of New York's employers try to cut costs by violating core employment laws," said Raj Nayak, attorney with the National Employment Law Project. "The Attorney General's Labor Bureau is sending an important signal that they will vigorously protect workers who are being cheated out of their wages."

Present or former employees of New York Supermarket who believe they may be entitled to a portion of the settlement should contact the Attorney General's Labor Bureau at (212) 416-8700.

The case was handled by Assistant Attorney General Donya Fernandez under the supervision of Deputy Attorney general for Social Justice James Rogers, and investigated by Department of Labor investigators Jeanne Zhuo, Nancy Gao, and Stanley Chan.

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