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An undocumented Chinese restaurant worker has been fighting for backpay to the tune of $200K. Then ICE arrested him while giving a deposition in a lawsuit. More evidence that ICE is being used as a weapon by employers to avoid accountability.
A Chinese restaurant worker claims Immigration and Customs Enforcement violated its own policy by detaining him as he pursued a federal lawsuit against a former employer.
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Katherine Gould Aug 20
So we're only enforcing laws against poor people?
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Joel Falk Aug 20
That is correct.
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Leigh Jackson Aug 20
It has always been correct.
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Joel Falk Aug 20
Thank you for letting us know.
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hoping for better Aug 20
I don’t get it. He made $13.75 an hour or so and was never paid but worked there for 7 years?
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Alana Aug 21
Mmmm probably not, he was likely paid sometimes but not always and/or paid less than he should have been for the number of hours he worked.
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hoping for better Aug 21
13.75 x 40 x 52 x 7 = 200,200 total
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shrieking harpy Aug 21
You assume he only worked 40 hours a week
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hoping for better Aug 21
No I assume he worked unpaid 40 hours a week. Plus that is far more than an undocumented worker would have made as a cook in a Chinese restaurant there. It would have been far closer to $10 an hour cash.
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shrieking harpy Aug 22
Overtime is time and a half
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Lily Lumiere Aug 20
For years, a Thai restaurant here (very nice place, actually) human trafficked all employees except owners and supervisor--kept them literally locked up except when working endless shifts, violated every labor law--then when somebody finally got the details out to state, closed.
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spetrosk Aug 20
The "death penalty" for a business should not even compare to denying freedom for actual people. It's not an entity with feelings. And TBH, if you can't run a business without breaking the law, and in this case, literally ENSLAVING people, then don't.
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CJ Lasley Aug 20
Replying to @18millionrising
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anne andersen Aug 20
Replying to @18millionrising
It’s becoming an American REICH.
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Robert Fitzgerald Aug 21
Replying to @18millionrising
Interesting coincidence with the raids in Mississippi against workers in shops that have workers who have organized.
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AJ Aug 21
Can’t help but wonder bout which happened right as workers organizing to fight their employers abuses at chicken processing plants. :/
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Vegan Runner Eats Aug 22
Replying to @18millionrising
Yup. 11 years ago when I was undocumented and worked 70-80 hours a week (no overtime pay of course 😏), my employer kept a chunk of my paycheck at one point, and when I tried to hold him accountable, he said that he would call the immigration services on me if I did anything.
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Vegan Runner Eats Aug 22
Replying to @18millionrising
Ahhh, the things I went through during those times!😔 I could write quite a book about that if I ever managed to overcome all the trauma those experiences caused...
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