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Chinese Immigrant Worker Collects Over $9,000 in Unpaid Wages from San Gabriel Valley Employer


Advancing Justice-LA Encourages Chinese Community to Attend Free Upcoming Workshops on Employment Law  

LOS ANGELES - On June 9, 2016, Mr. Facun Min, a 53-year old Chinese immigrant, recovered $9,187 of unpaid wages and penalties from his former employer, A Plus Adult Day Healthcare Center in El Monte. In addition to $1,473 in unpaid wages, the employer was also penalized $7,714 for meal and rest break violations and failure to pay the minimum wage. 

“Unfortunately, cases like MrMin’s are very common,” said Kat Choi, staff attorney at Asian Americans Advancing Justice-Los Angeles (Advancing Justice-LA). “What is important to know is that there are organizations like Advancing Justice that provide free and high quality legal services to help people like MrMin.”

From May 2014 to September 2015, MrMin was paid an hourly wage of $8.57 to transport elderly clients between their homes and the Healthcare Center using the company van. When the state’s minimum wage increased to $9 an hour on July 1, 2014, MrMin continued to receive his original hourly rate, depriving him of $1,473 of hard-earned wages.

Beyond being paid below minimum wage, MrMin was not allowed to take regular meal and rest breaks. In California, the law requires hourly workers to take a 30-minute meal break after working 5 consecutive hours, and a separate 10-minute rest break every 4 hours.

As penalties for violating meal and rest break requirements and failing to pay minimum wage, MrMin’s former employer was ordered to pay $7,714 in penalties in addition to the $1,473 in unpaid owed wages. 

“I am happy to recover my wages that I rightfully earned and were unjustly taken from me,” said MrMin. “My salary at the Healthcare Center wasn’t enough to support my family so I had to take a second job at the local casino.”

MrMin filed his case to the California Labor Commissioner’s office, a state agency which investigates violations of state labor and employment laws. Advancing Justice-LA assisted MrMin in filing his case and representing him. 

Attorneys at Advancing Justice-LA will be leading a free workshop on employment law from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm, on Sunday, July 24, 2016. The workshop will take place at the Asian Youth Center, located at 100 West Clary Avenue in San Gabriel. Call Advancing Justice-LA’s toll-free legal helpline numbers to get additional information about our services:

English: 888-349-9695
Chinese: 800-520-2356
Korean: 800-867-3640
Tagalog: 800-300-2552
Vietnamese: 800-267-7395
Khmer: 800-867-3126
Thai: 800-914-9583


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Randy Bunnao, 213-241-0227, [email protected]
About Advancing Justice - LA: 
Asian Americans Advancing Justice-Los Angeles (Advancing Justice-LA) is the nation’s largest legal and civil rights organization for Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders (NHPI). Through direct services, impact litigation, policy advocacy, leadership development, and capacity building, Advancing Justice-LA focuses on the most vulnerable members of Asian American and NHPI communities while also building a strong voice for civil rights and social justice.
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