Astoria Dry Cleaners Must Repay $90K To Workers

[ – 2022.10.18] Attorney General Letitia James announced Tuesday a $90,000 settlement with the owners of a commercial dry cleaner in Astoria who admitted to underpaying their workers for years.

From 2014 to 2020, Fat-Lun “Michael” Kong and Cheng Teh “Jeffrey” Tang, doing business as Enterprise Cleaners, failed to their employees minimum wage, overtime pay and sick leave, James’s office says.

State prosecutors are now forcing Kong and Tang to immediately repay their workers — $25,000 by Oct. 17, followed by $3,000 every month until July 2024, and another $2,000 by August 2024.

“All workers should be treated with the utmost dignity and respect, but the owners of Enterprise Cleaners took advantage of their hardworking employees, forcing them to work long hours and failing to pay workers what they were owed,” said James.

“I am grateful to the Laundry Workers Center for bringing this case to our attention and look forward to continuing to work together to defend workers’ rights statewide.” 

“Laundry Workers Center has been fighting worker exploitation and wage theft in the laundry industry for over a decade,” said Rosanna Rodríguez, Co-Executive Director, Laundry Workers Center. “We primarily represent immigrant women of color who are heads of households. Thanks to the collaboration between the Attorney General’s Office and our organization, we can set an example with Enterprise Laundromat. Make sure bad actors stop breaking the law and provide decent wages and safe conditions for workers.”

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