Gibson: Fighting for stolen wages

Gibson is a local Portlander who worked at the Lyrik Café for several years. When the café was sold and came under new management, there were several changes. The new owner, Mike Lemmo had a different vision for the café, a direction that did not include a lot of the staff. It was clear to Gibson that she was not included in that vision, when Mike disproved of her appearance, called her a “dirty hippie” and made groundless accusations that she stole from the café. Later, he fired her via a text message. But not before he deducted over $100 from her final paycheck – the amount he claims she stole – and did not provide a pay stub.

Gibson is a local Portlander who worked at the Lyrik Café for several years. When the café was sold and came under new management, there were several changes. The new owner, Mike Lemmo had a different vision for the café, a direction that did not include a lot of the staff. It was clear to Gibson that she was not included in that vision, when Mike disproved of her appearance, called her a “dirty hippie” and made groundless accusations that she stole from the café. Later, he fired her via a text message. But not before he deducted over $100 from her final paycheck – the amount he claims she stole – and did not provide a pay stub.

Unfortunately, examples of wage theft such as this are common in Oregon. Employers often get away with taking money from low-wage workers and workers often have little recourse to challenge the boss. That’s why we are helping workers like Gibson gather community support and confront bad bosses over their stolen wages.

This Tuesday, October 23rd we will be stepping it up. The owner Mike Lemmo has continuously ignored community calls to pay Gibson her missing wages. We will be picketing outside the cafe, serving some free coffee of our own and letting passersby know that the community cannot afford wage theft.

Join us Tuesday, October 23rd at 11:30 AM.  We will be meeting on the corner of SE Grant and 38th then heading to the café together.

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