A garment factory in Long Island City, Queens, was busted Wednesday by the state Department of Labor for underpaying its workers and deliberately concealing sweatshop conditions.
Labor department blasts Queens sweatshop
Jin Shun Inc., which operates at 47-51 33rd St., underpaid 100 workers by $3 million since 2005 by ignoring minimum wage laws and instead paying them for each piece of clothing they finished, labor department official said.
The factory reportedly produces clothing for Macy’s, Gap, Banana Republic, Express, Victoria’s Secret, Limited and Coldwater Creek.
The department alleges that Jin Shun’s owners, Jikai Lin and Zhang Yun Chen, tried to conceal its violations by asking employees to memorize mock question-and-answer sheets they could use in response to investigators’ questions. Some workers are said to have put in as much as 84 hours a week with no overtime.
Wow - In the past week Queens has seen stories about slavery, forced prostitution, sweatshops...what year are we in?