Federal Jury Awards $2.5 Million to 200 Newspaper Staffers

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A federal jury awarded $2.5 million to 200 Chinese Daily News workers who claimed they were denied overtime and rest and meal breaks.

Jurors on Wednesday agreed with workers who sued the Monterey Park-based, Chinese-language newspaper for labor law violations.

?We’re very happy about it,? said Cornelia Dai, an attorney for the workers. ?Hopefully this sends a message to other employers.?

The suit was filed in March on behalf of newsroom, advertising and press staff, many of whom were immigrants.

?This is important because foreign-based companies come here and do business, and a lot of their employees don’t speak English,? Dai said. ?They’re taken advantage of.?

Mark Palin, the newspaper’s attorney, downplayed the significance of the jury’s decision.

?The verdict did not complete the case,? Palin said. ?There are still legal and factual issues to be determined by the court.?

The Chinese Daily News, also known as the World Journal, has regional offices in Los Angeles, San Francisco and New York.

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