Wage Theft at P.F. Chang’s – Protest This Saturday
On Saturday, February 20th at 5:00 pm, VOZ, along with workers who have not been paid, will protest with a picket line in front of P.F. Chang’s at 7463 SW Bridgeport Rd, Bridgeport Village, in Tigard, OR.
Over the past year, Tristan Enterprises, a maintenance subcontractor in the Northwest, stopped paying its workers regularly. Tristan was contracted to provide cleaning workers by Coast to Coast Cleaning, who was contracted by P.F. Chang’s, a widely known international restaurant chain. Volunteer lawyers at VOZ attempted to contact Tristan, Coast to Coast, and P.F. Chang’s in November 2015 to discuss the wages owed to groups of employees who had been cleaning two Portland-area P.F. Chang’s locations at night.
After several calls and emails, P.F. Chang’s responded to VOZ in an email, stating, “It is the responsibility of Coast to Coast to remit payment to the subcontractors,” and that P.F. Chang’s was “very sorry [they] are not able to assist further.”
“Corporations should not benefit from a worker’s unpaid labor and then ignore their social responsibility and role in wage theft,” says lawyer Kate Suisman. “Wage theft happens every day in Oregon, and immigrant workers are often its victims. We will not stand by while this happens.”
Maintenance workers did not receive pay in Seattle, Spokane, Kennewick, and possibly other P.F. Chang’s locations. After running into dead ends, VOZ workers planned a protest in front of one P.F. Chang’s location to raise awareness regarding these workers and the larger issue, wage theft.