On June 23, 2016, six carwash laborers received court approval for a $130,000 settlement of their wage and hour case against the Queens, New York carwash that does business as A.J.A. Car Wash. See Yax v. Obhan, 15-cv-4425 (E.D.N.Y.). In their federal court lawsuit, the six workers alleged that they worked in excess of sixty to seventy hours per week at the car wash, receiving less than minimum wage and no time-and-a-half for overtime. Cohen, Weiss and Simon LLP, together with Make the Road New York, litigated the case on behalf of the plaintiffs.
Evan Hudson-Plush, the Cohen, Weiss and Simon LLP partner who served as plaintiffs’ lead counsel, said that “this settlement shows that even the lowest-wage, most vulnerable workers in our economy can enforce the strong federal and state wage and hour laws when they have the courage to stand up for their rights — as the workers did here.” The legal team also included Elizabeth Joynes Jordan and Elizabeth Sprotzer from Make the Road New York.
An article describing the settlement can be found here.
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