Portland restaurant accused of mistreating Thai workers

Portland restaurant accused of mistreating Thai workers

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Foreign workers at an Oregon Thai restaurant chain were trapped into working long hours, threatened with deportation and paid less than their U.S. counterparts, according to a complaint filed by the Oregon labor department.

The Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries alleges the popular restaurant Typhoon recruited people from Thailand, then subjected them to hostile living and working conditions.

The complaint alleges that the restaurant forced 18 of its workers to live in two apartments and a house.

They were told to take vegetables home with them, the complaint says, and carve them decoratively for the next day.

The complaint alleges the workers were forced to sign employment agreements that would force them to pay thousands of dollars if they quit.

The restaurant did not return a call from The Associated Press.