SAT 8/2: Domestic Workers Protest at LI Restaurant Date: 8/1/2003 7:38:39 AM Pacific Daylight Time From:
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, Aug 1, 2003
SAT 8/2: Domestic Workers Protest at LI Restaurant
Date: 8/1/2003 7:38:39 AM Pacific Daylight Time
Join Domestic Workers United for a
Saturday August 2, 2003, at 5:30 pm
75 Main Restaurant
75 Main Street, Southampton Village (Long Island, NY)
ABUSE OF HOUSEKEEPER CAUSES PROTEST AT WELL-KNOWN SOUTHAMPTON
RESTAURANT, 75 MAIN
SOUTHAMPTON, NEW YORK - A quiet resort town for the elite will be
disrupted this weekend by domestic workers demanding justice from
well-known Southampton restaurateur, June Spirer, for the alleged abuse of
her former housekeeper several years ago. The housekeeper, originally
from Malaysia, worked long hours and suffered an injury on the job that
has prevented her from working full-time. Protesters will demand payment
of medical bills related to the injury, compensation for lost wages as a
result of the injury and a public apology.
"I was so hurt by the treatment I received. I hope my case will help to
stop this from happening to other housekeepers in the future," says
Justina, the housekeeper involved.
A self-proclaimed "renaissance woman" and philanthropist, Spirer, has also
been featured in Fortune magazine as an amateur stock market wiz. Women
Workers Project, an organization of Asian domestic workers based in New
York City has seen many cases like this one. "Housekeepers are often
injured in the workplace due to the intensity of the work, and few
employers will take responsibility. Even the wealthiest of employers would
rather pay $300 for a pair of shoes than pay for a visit to the doctor for
their housekeeper when she gets sick from the work she is doing," says
Carol de Leon, advocate and former domestic worker. A lawsuit has been
filed in New York State Court on behalf of the injured housekeeper.
DOMESTIC WORKERS UNITED
2478 Valentine Avenue Bronx NY 10458
ph 718 220 7391 x11
f 718 220 7398
DWU is: Andolan Organizing South Asian Workers - CAAAV Organizing Asian
Communities - Damayan Migrant Workers Association - Haitian Women for
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