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Former Employees Sue John’s Shanghai Owner For Alleged Labor, Wage Violations

Two former John’s Shanghai employees are suing the restaurant’s owner for alleged labor and wage violations, according to a lawsuit filed Monday.

The suit, filed in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania, claims former John’s Shanghai owner Yun Xue “knowingly, intentionally, and willfully” failed to pay minimum wage, compensate employees for working overtime, or accurately report and record employees’ worked hours.

Former employees Jian Zhong Xue and Raymond Chow worked at John’s Shanghai until it closed its doors at 312 W. Beaver Avenue in May 2020. According to the suit, Zhong Xue allegedly missed out on $470,112 in lost wages and worked 14 hours a day from January 2017 to May 2020.

Court documents also claim Chow worked 84 hours one week without receiving overtime pay. Both plaintiffs were allegedly granted only 10 minutes to eat meals on breaks, according to the suit. Chow allegedly missed out on more than $98,000 in lost wages.

Both plaintiffs claim they weren’t paid for overtime and were compensated at levels below promised. Zhong Xue was promised $4,500 a month but made only $1,800 per month, while Chow was promised a flat rate of $3,500 a month.

Zhong Xue and Chow seek their lost wages, compensatory damages, and coverage of attorney fees and costs, among other requests. The plaintiffs have called for a trial by jury.

The plaintiffs have also asked for certification of a class action so that other former employees who were not compensated at their promised hourly rate can join the complaint.

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