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Thursday, November 20, 2014

Yank Sing Workers Receive $4 Million Settlement

Posted By on Thu, Nov 20, 2014 at 10:48 AM

click to enlarge A dim sum cart at Yank Sing's Rincon Center location. - FLICKR/SADSNAPS

Opulent dim sum restaurant Yank Sing was in the news yesterday and not for its famous soup dumplings. The restaurant's owners were ordered to pay a historic $4 million settlement to workers to cover violations including back pay, tips, holiday pay, and more.

As reported by Civil Eats, the settlement includes back pay for 280 current and past employees, a raise for non-tipped workers, holiday pay, and "a system to ensure restaurant owners don't retaliate if they report labor violations — a problem for wage workers in the past. The settlement also allows for up to four weeks vacation for workers who want to visit their families back in China.

The workers teamed up with the Chinese Progressive Association and Asian Law Caucus to get the settlement. Yank Sing's co-owner Henry Chan says that the family is working with its workers to ensure that their needs are being addressed. "We know we made some mistakes in the past, but we are working hard to ensure our employees have these crucial benefits and strive everyday to constantly improve our workplace," he said in a statement.

[via Civil Eats]

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Anna Roth is SF Weekly's former Food & Drink Editor and author of West Coast Road Eats: The Best Road Food From San Diego to the Canadian Border.


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