Mar 21 2013
Urasawa, the rave-inspiring Beverly Hills sushi restaurant where the average check is $1,111, is being fined many times that amount over labor violations.
California Labor Commissioner Julie A. Su wrote in a citation that the eatery will face a $65,785 fine. Three workers are owed $38,585 in unpaid wages after being told to work in excess of 10 hours a day without overtime pay, according to the citation.
The rest of the fine represents penalties. The state says Urasawa also failed to provide wage statements itemizing employee hours or pay rates as required by law.
At a protest outside Urasawa’s 2 Rodeo Drive address Thursday, former employee Heriberto Zamora said in Spanish that he was abruptly fired nine hours into a shift after he asked to go home to recover from a high fever and flu. He said he has yet to receive his final paycheck, which he said was withheld.
The Koreatown Immigrant Workers Alliance, or KIWA, organized Thursday’s event. Dozens of participants showed up, several of them dressed in giant, colorful costumes and banging on cymbals, drawing a stark contrast to the sleek lines of the Tiffany & Co. and Judith Lieber stores nearby.