Carmen: Fighting for wages and respect

For two years Carmen Lopez worked in the kitchen at Beaches Restaurant. The work is fast-paced from open to close. However, in order to prep for the days work Carmen and other workers have regularly been required to work off the clock by coming in early to prepare for the morning rush. Their prep time however is not paid for.

Carmen has had enough and on Thursday, April 26, she and a group of over 20 community members of the We Are Oregon Wage Theft Action Network delivered a letter to the management of the Portland Airport Beaches Restaurant branch.

Carmen’s request was reasonable – respect wage and hour law, the rights of workers, and pay her the wages she is owed for all of the off-the-clock hours she has worked.


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