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Protest over wage theft from Takara employees

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MADISON (WKOW) -- A protest on State Street Friday in support of workers from the two Takara restaurants in Madison.

Workers report being paid as little as six dollars an hour, not being paid for all hours worked and not having hour records kept as required by law.
They filed complaints with the Department of Workforce Development, stating they are owed tens of thousands of dollars in unpaid wages.

Patrick Hickey is the Director of the Workers Rights Center and says, "Unfortunately especially in the restaurant industry there are a lot of labor violations a lot of workers particularly immigrant workers are too afraid to complain, too afraid to do anything, and unless someone does complain, there's no investigation out there that are confirming and making sure that our labor laws are being enforced."

A DWD investigator found one individual is owed more than $12,000-thousand dollars but the employer has appealed that finding.

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