Alleged sweatshop busted in Queens

July 23, 2008 4:42:46 PM PDT
State officials say a New York City garment manufacturer that made clothing for Macy's, the Gap and other retailers cheated more than 100 workers out of a fair wage. The state's labor commissioner says workers at the Jin Shun Inc.

factory in Queens were shortchanged by $3 million since 2005. Most of the employees were Chinese immigrants.

Authorities say the factory workers put in 12-hour days, six or seven days a week, but weren't paid overtime or a proper minimum wage.

Officials say the owners also had workers keep two sets of time cards to hide their long hours.

A woman who answered the telephone Wednesday at a number listed for Jin Shun Inc. said, "wrong number" and hung up on a reporter.


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