Protestors Wednesday demanded that New York State Assemblymember Yuh-Line Niou drop out of the race for Congress, reports the New York Post.
Former Joy Luck Palace restaurant worker Joseph Cao along with others successfully sued their employer for back wages in 2019, but have never received the $1 million verdict.
“Wage theft is rampant today because people like Yuh-Line Niou look the other way,” said Cao.
Cao spoke to AsAmNews last year to criticize Patrick Mock, one of four co-owners. of Joy Luck Palace. for failing to honor the court decision.
He also called on Niou to drop her support of Mock and to convince him and the others to pay their back wages.
“Niou actually presented a ‘Community Hero’ award to my sweatshop boss, the boss that owes me years of wages,” Cao alleged.
Youth Against Sweatshops and Chinese Staff & Workers Association organized the rally outside of Niou’s office.
“She sold out the community,” organizer Sarah Ahn told The Post. “We are urging people not to vote for her, not to be fooled by a fake progressive.”
Niou’s office called the protest misquided.
“Yuh-Line has always stood with workers — on the picket lines, in the legislature, and now as a candidate for Congress” and said she was “a leading voice since 2017 for the end of the 24-hour workday,” it said in a statement to the Post.
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