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updated: 8/25/2014 11:01 AM

State investigating Chinese buffet restaurants for worker abuses

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Daily Herald report

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan's office is working with the state's Department of Labor to investigate complaints of worker abuse at a number of buffet-style Chinese restaurants.

Officials from Madigan's office said "the majority" of the complaints came from employees of eateries in northeast Illinois, but not exclusively.

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The allegations include wage payment and minimum wage violations, and discrimination against a largely immigrant workforce serving as kitchen labor. A news release from Madigan's office states workers complained of 11-hour to 13-hour workdays, without breaks, six days a week. They also complained to investigators about the living conditions at housing owned by the restaurant owners.

Madigan's office is urging any current or former workers of Chinese buffet-style restaurants in Illinois who may have experienced wage abuse or discrimination to contact the attorney general's civil rights bureau at (877) 581-3692.

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