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Workers at Minneapolis clothing store receive $7,000 in back wages through settlement

By: - April 21, 2022 9:21 am

New York-based retailer Rainbow will pay nine workers at its Minneapolis location on West Broadway nearly $7,000 in back wages for failing to comply with the city’s paid sick leave ordinance under a settlement reached with the city in March 2022. Photo by Max Nesterak/Minnesota Reformer.

The New York-based clothing chain Rainbow paid nearly $7,000 in back wages to workers at its Minneapolis store plus $4,000 in penalties for failing to provide employees the sick leave they are entitled to under city ordinance.

In July 2017, the city of Minneapolis began requiring employers with six or more workers to provide paid time off at an accrual rate of one hour for every 30 hours worked.

Since 2018, the city of Minneapolis has recovered more than  $500,000 in back wages and damages for workers through 65 settlements with companies, including 51 settlements related to violations of the city’s paid sick leave requirement, according to city spokeswoman Sarah McKenzie.

The city’s Labor Standards Enforcement Division investigated Rainbow on West Broadway in north Minneapolis and found the company failed to provide paid sick leave for its workers during the pandemic.

Under the settlement agreement with the city, Rainbow must begin providing workers with paid sick leave and make restitution payments to nine workers ranging from $342 to $1,536.

Workers can report a violation by calling 311 or filling out a form online.

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Max Nesterak
Max Nesterak

Max Nesterak is the deputy editor of the Reformer and reports on labor and housing. Most recently he was an associate producer for Minnesota Public Radio after a stint at NPR. He also co-founded the Behavioral Scientist and was a Fulbright Scholar to Berlin, Germany.