Workers At Seafood Company Say They Are Denied Overtime [NY1]
Update: Pastis is no longer serving Wild Edibles seafood
September 17, 2007
Angry workers are claiming there's something fishy with the pay at a major seafood company which sells products at city restaurants – and they are taking legal action.
Some employees said Monday they are filing a class-action lawsuit against Wild Edibles, a top-rated seafood wholesaler and retailer. They claim the company denied overtime pay to hundreds of workers, most of whom are immigrants.
Brandworkers International and the Industrial Workers of the World announced the lawsuit in front of French restaurant, Pastis, in Chelsea – a major Wild Edibles customer.
"Before that food hit your plate, before the tuna or salmon hit your plate, workers in Brooklyn or Queens at Wild Edibles and elsewhere were laboring under shameful, exploitative conditions," said Daniel Gross of Brandworkers International.
Both Wild Edibles and Pastis Restaurant did not comment about the protest or lawsuit.