From the Daily News:
Three women workers at a Queens piñata factory took a whack at their bosses in a lawsuit Monday, accusing them of sweatshop conditions and lousy pay.
The plaintiffs were forced to work 11-hour shifts in the locked basement of a party supplies store while earning only $3 per hour off the books, according to a lawsuit filed in Brooklyn Federal Court.
A malfunctioning boiler in the confined space at Let’s Have a Party retail store added to the deplorable working conditions, the suit said.
The illegal basement factory in Woodside had "no windows, no ventilation … was cold, damp and smelled of dead mice and sewage," the complaint said.
The basement factory was connected by a staircase to the party supplies store on 45th Ave., but the doors at the top of the stairs were locked and there was no other direct access to the street, the workers’ lawyer, Artemio Guerra, said.
The plaintiffs, Maria Diaz, Ruth Dominguez and Laura Vidals, were "imprisoned" in the basement when government inspectors attempted to gain access to the building.
They are seeking unspecified back pay. Domingo and Diaz were fired allegedly after complaining about their low pay.