Court Judgment: Indus Valley owes workers $700,000 Who’s enforcing the law?

from the Justice Will Be Served! Campaign…

JOIN THE WEEKLY PICKET IN FRONT OF INDUS VALLEY (MANHATTAN VALLEY), 2636 BROADWAY (AT 100 ST.) BEGINNING THIS SUNDAY, AUGUST 21, AT 5:30 P.M.

We are workers of Indus Valley, Earthen Oven and Amla, restaurants owned by Puhman Singh and Lakhvir Singh. We worked hard—some more than 60 hours per week. But we were paid as little as $3 an hour and no overtime pay. The employers were nasty. They would scream at us: “Stupid,” “f___ you,” “animal.” They would make anti-Muslim remarks about the Muslim workers. They even shoved and kicked some workers while they worked. Several were injured or developed health problems from these abusive conditions. They fired several of the workers who were organizing. Six groups of workers have sued the Singhs!

Some of us went to the State Department of Labor (DOL) in 2008 to file a complaint. We waited 6 years while the bosses refused to pay. We filed a lawsuit in 2014. To avoid responsibility, the bosses changed the business name from Indus Valley to Manhattan Valley.
We got a decision of $700,000 in court last year. The bosses refuse to pay it. And they continue with their businesses around the city, making a lot of money.

We say, enough already! We’ve waited too long for justice!

We demand that Puhman y Lakhvir Singh:
–pay the workers all their owed wages
–hire back the workers who were fired for organizing

We invite everyone:
Join the weekly picket in front of Indus Valley (Manhattan Valley), 2636 Broadway (at 100 St.) beginning this Sunday, August 21, at 5:30 p.m.
Boycott all the businesses owned by the Singhs, including the Bergdorf Goodman employee cafeteria, the Dakota Bar, Columbus Gourmet Deli, and City Market Café
Call on your state elected officials and Governor Cuomo to pass the SWEAT bill (Securing Wages Earned Against Theft) to make the labor law enforceable
Let us know what you think and how you can help!

 

For more information, call us at 212-358-0295.
Former workers of Indus Valley and the Justice Will Be Served campaign

Justice Will Be Served is a coalition of organizations that supports the organizing of delivery, nail salon, restaurant, deli, and other service workers from across the New York tri-state area to challenge long hours, forced overtime, wage theft and other sweatshop conditions.

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National Mobilization Against Sweatshops

Lower East Side Workers Center

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