From the Daily News:
A Flushing restaurant is in the crosshairs of federal regulators for allegedly firing two waitresses who spoke out about being overworked and underpaid.
The National Labor Relations Board has filed a charge of unfair labor practice against owners of Guang Zhou Restaurant for allegedly discriminating against Li Rong Gao and Xiao Hong Zheng, who said they lost their jobs after attempting to join a union last year.
"I'm not scared to stand up," said Gao, who protested Monday with about 20 supporters in front of the eatery, on 37th Ave.
Gao, 29, and Zheng, 33, said their employer stole their tips and paid them just $400 a month.
"Every day, we worked more than 12 hours, but they didn't pay us overtime," Gao said, adding that they worked six days a week.
The protesters, made up of fellow restaurant employees, nail salon workers and livery cab drivers, chanted "No pay, No way!" and flashed signs that demanded the waitresses be rehired.
"These practices are rampant in Flushing," said Josephine Lee, campaign coordinator for Justice Will Be Served, a group that helps service workers organize against unfair labor practices. "It is daring for two women to come out in the face of all of this."