China Daily: Chinatown garment workers awarded $1.2 million

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China Daily USA - Thirteen Chinese garment workers have been awarded $1.2 million in damages for unpaid wages while working at a clothing factory between 2005 and 2010 in New York’s Chinatown.

Federal Judge P. Kevin Castel in Manhattan issued the award on Wednesday in a lawsuit brought in May 2011 by the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF) on behalf of the workers.

“There are a few more things that have to be done in court, and then we will do everything we can to obtain that money,” Ken Kimerling, AALDEF legal director and the attorney who represented the garment workers, told China Daily.

“Not all of the garments made for American manufacturers are made overseas. Garment sweatshops still exist in Manhattan, and workers are still not being paid overtime and minimum wages,” he said in a statement. “This excellent decision shows that while some manufacturers may be spending more to monitor their work overseas, they still need to protect American workers as well…”