A group of delivery workers in Brooklyn have banded together to demand $500,000 in alleged stolen wages from Williamsburg Thai restaurant Sage. On Tuesday the workers teamed up with the immigration and labor organization Make the Road New York for a demonstration outside the restaurant, according to several posts on social media by the demonstration’s organizers.
The demonstration livestreamed on Facebook, showing various delivery workers sharing their stories, including one worker who says he was injured and his bike was damaged in an accident with a vehicle, claiming that management displayed no concern for his safety.
According to the video and signs displayed at the demonstration, in addition to alleged stolen wages, the workers were advocating for improved safety conditions, overtime pay, paid sick leave, and the ability to work for other restaurants when not scheduled to work at Sage. See the full livestream below.
NOW: Brooklyn delivery workers demand $500,000+ in stolen wages and other potential damages at SAGE restaurant. We are holding accountable restaurants that fail to treat their workers with respect and dignity.Posted by Make the Road New York on Tuesday, April 2, 2019
In a press release, Make the Road New York stated that following the demonstration, the owner of Sage has agreed to sit down with the employees in a meeting scheduled for next week. The release noted some of the damages the workers have allegedly experienced, including unlawful tip deductions, although it’s unclear how the number $500,000 was reached, and Eater has reached out for more information. Eater has also reached out to the restaurant for comment.
Located at 299-301 Graham Ave. at Ainslie Street in East Williamsburg, Sage is a neighborhood Thai restaurant with live jazz music performances on Fridays and is a popular spot for weekend brunch, in addition to delivery and takeout.