Money stacks.jpgChinese communities are prominent in many major metropolitan areas, including LA, Chicago, and New York. San Francisco’s Chinatown is one of the most widely recognized of those communities and also a place of major “wage theft” among minimum wage workers. The Chron reports that in a study being released today by the Chinese Progressive Association, half of the 400 workers they surveyed over a two year period are being paid less than minimum wage.

Restaurant workers who conducted this survey were specifically trained for their demographic by experts from UCSF, UC Berkeley, the SF Department of Health, and SF’s Office of Labor Standards and Enforcement, among other entities. This culturally aware training yields many benefits and as UC Berkeley public health expert Meredith Minkler suspects, “White, middle-class outsiders could never have gotten this.”

Previous studies done in other aforementioned cities only yielded a 26% rate reported of wage theft. Wage theft occurs when employers withhold legally required pay or benefits. Workers wanting to report violations of labor laws, such as wage theft are instructed to call the state labor commissioner’s office at (415) 703-4810 or the federal enforcement office at (415) 625-7720.

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  • Karl

    Migrant workers who don’t speak or read English are taken advantage of, what a surprise. Where does supe Chiu live anyway? He’s either stupid, or now finds himself forced to act all upset in public.
    Another one they can go look after are all the businesses with two sets of books that pocket the sales tax from the hapless tourists. But that’s gonna take them another fifty years to figure out.

  • Karl

    Migrant workers who don’t speak or read English are taken advantage of, what a surprise. Where does supe Chiu live anyway? He’s either stupid, or now finds himself forced to act all upset in public.
    Another one they can go look after are all the businesses with two sets of books that pocket the sales tax from the hapless tourists. But that’s gonna take them another fifty years to figure out.

  • Josh

    A study is done, an age old problem is being addressed, and this is bad, how?

    Mr. Chiu is/was a civil rights attorney, so this seems right up his alley.

    When people don’t get paid, they can’t take care of themselves as well, and their bosses certainly aren’t paying the required taxes for the city’s health care program.

  • Josh

    A study is done, an age old problem is being addressed, and this is bad, how?

    Mr. Chiu is/was a civil rights attorney, so this seems right up his alley.

    When people don’t get paid, they can’t take care of themselves as well, and their bosses certainly aren’t paying the required taxes for the city’s health care program.

  • Josh

    A study is done, an age old problem is being addressed, and this is bad, how?

    Mr. Chiu is/was a civil rights attorney, so this seems right up his alley.

    When people don’t get paid, they can’t take care of themselves as well, and their bosses certainly aren’t paying the required taxes for the city’s health care program.

  • Josh

    A study is done, an age old problem is being addressed, and this is bad, how?

    Mr. Chiu is/was a civil rights attorney, so this seems right up his alley.

    When people don’t get paid, they can’t take care of themselves as well, and their bosses certainly aren’t paying the required taxes for the city’s health care program.