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Public hearing on wage theft May 7 in Somerville

Posted by Jarret Bencks  April 29, 2013 03:16 PM

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A public hearing on wage theft will be held by the Somerville Board of Aldermen on May 7.

On April 9, nearly 200 petition signatures were turned over to City Hall, requesting a public hearing on the matter,and on April 11 Somerville Mayor Joseph Curtatone proposed a city ordinance that calls for any business in the city that fails to pay its workers or violates overtime laws to have its license revoked or not renewed. The ordinance is under review by the Board of Aldermen.

The petition, organized by Centro Presente, an immigrant workers' rights advocacy group, calls for city officials to consider passing an ordinance aimed at preventing wage theft and asked for a public hearing.

Last year, Centro Presente helped a group of seven employees of One World Cuisine -- which owns Diva Indian Bistro in Davis Square -- file a lawsuit seeking $183,500 in unpaid wages and overtime violations. The suit is still pending.

The public hearing will be held Tuesday, May 7 at 7 p.m. at City Hall in Somerville.

Jarret Bencks can be reached at bencks.globe@gmail.com. Follow him on twitter @JarretBencks.

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