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Our Impact

Protecting Restaurant Workers

CLS' Employment Unit has represented hundreds of restaurant workers over the years, recovering stolen wages and enforcing labor laws. The vast majority of our clients facing exploitation in the restaurant business have been undocumented immigrant workers, although our clients fit many other demographic profiles.

Wage theft is a common practice by employers looking to cut costs in this low regulation, low union density industry.  We have helped clients with a wide variety of issues, including people who were not paid their last few paychecks, were denied overtime despite working more than 40 hours in a week, had their tips stolen by their employers, had improper deductions from their paychecks, had to pay for dine-and-dash customers, suffered discrimination, and were injured on the job but not given proper medical attention.

In addition to representing clients, our attorneys have worked with the US Department of Labor, Restaurant Opportunities Center, and other community partners to attempt to address some of rampant abuses in this industry in a more systemic manner.