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Lawsuit: 'Apprenticeship' to Chef Meant Only Long Hours and Sub-Minimum Wages

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April 27, 2012   Copyright: The New York Times

Here’s a variant on the depressingly common phenomenon of restaurants underpaying their low-wage workers: a former employee of the Lower East Side gastropub Spitzer’s Corner has charged in a suit that he was hired into a nonexistent “apprenticeship” and required to work upwards of 90 hours a week for as little as $2.91 an hour. The worker, Edward Kim, said in a statement that the restaurant’s chef, Sung Park, told him would be trained as a skilled chef but instead, the suit charges, required him to perform an “ever-expanding list of duties” that included butchering...

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