Check, Please! Health and Working Conditions in San Francisco Chinatown Restaurants

Chinese Progressive Association


San Francisco’s Chinatown is a vibrant neighborhood and cultural center in one of the country’s most affluent cities. Yet, within the walls of many Chinatown restaurants, immigrant workers struggle for survival by laboring in sweatshop conditions. This report, based on surveys of 433 restaurant workers interviewed by their peers and observational data on 106 restaurants, found a prevalence of low-road industry practices such as wage violations, lack of benefits, poor working conditions, and stressful and hazardous workplaces.

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