Stop Wage Theft at Indigo!

Last month, EJC and over 40 supporters stood in solidarity with Reyna Maradiaga as she staged a demonstration to demand the wages that she is owed. Reyna worked for Indigo, a popular Indian restaurant, for nearly a year and was consistently paid under the minimum wage and was not paid overtime.

“Sometimes I can’t even sleep thinking about this man, why he doesn’t want to pay me my wages (A veces ni duermo pensando en que ese señor, porque no ha querido pagarme mi dinero), said Reyna. “But I say that I have to do something because it is not right for him to not pay me (Pero yo digo que tengo que hacer algo porque no es justo que no me pague).”

Reyna confronted her former employer who owes her at least $7,000 in unpaid wages, overtime, and damages.

Reyna confronted her former employer who owes her at least $7,000 in unpaid wages, overtime, and damages.

During the demonstration, Reyna demanded that the owner, Dinesh Tandon, pay her $7,000 in back wages and partial liquidated damages. Reyna will continue to fight to make sure justice is served and that this will not continue happening to other workers.

“Find help, don’t let this man keep exploiting us (Que busquen ayuda, que no permitan que este señor está explotando),” says Reyna to her former coworkers.  

In a Washington Post article covering the protest, Tandon admits to owing Maradiaga wages. According to Washington Post, Tandon “realized he had neglected to pay Maradiaga overtime, but by his calculations, Indigo owed the former dishwasher only $476.” However, as EJC’s Emma Cleveland stated, “It’s the employer’s responsibility to provide detailed records when there are pay disputes.” Under D.C. law, Reyna is also entitled to recover up to three times her wages in liquidated damages.

Despite the passage of the Minimum Wage Amendment Act of 2013 and the Wage Theft Prevention Act of 2014, too many District employers continue to flagrantly violate the law and pay their workers subpoverty wages.

Thank you to our members, and our partners Restaurant Opportunities Center of Washington DC (ROC-DC), UFCW Local 400, DC Jobs With Justice, Amalgamated Transit Union, National Lawyers Guild and and those who continue to stand in solidarity with our workers. United we are stronger!

Reyna and some of her supporters.

Reyna and some of her supporters.