Second course in restaurant fights--City Council to consider new eatery bill
by Amy Zimmer / metro new york
MAY 9, 2007
MANHATTAN. Republic, B.B. King’s and the Saigon Grill are a few of the city eateries being sued amid a flurry of legal action taken by restaurant workers against their employers.
Today, a piece of legislation is expected to be introduced in City Council that would give the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene more power to crack down on restaurants with labor violations. The bill was drafted with help from the Restaurant Opportunities Center of New York — a workers’ rights group — and the Brennan Center for Justice at New York University.
The bill would require restaurants to self-report any violations, which the health department would then list on its Web site. The bill would also give the department power to revoke restaurant licenses based on labor violations.
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