the popular Upper East Side eatery, Trattoria
Pesce Pasta, agreed to pay nearly $137,000 in back wages to restaurant workers,
Department of Labor officials announced yesterday.
agency investigated after workers protested in front of the restaurant in
December with community group Make the Road New York. One of the protesting workers,
Rodrigo Vazquez, worked 13 hours a day, six days a week in the kitchen, but was
never paid overtime. He finally left the job a year ago after 12 years there.
He hadn’t realized he was owed money until he joined Make the
Road and learned
about workers’ rights, Vazquez said.
restaurant owes Vazquez $23,000 in back wages. The restaurant has so far paid
workers $60,000, according to DOL officials.
who answered the phone at the eatery said nothing had been missing from his pay
checks. No one from restaurant management was available to comment.