NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH)-- The fight against mistreatment and missed wages continues at Gourmet Heaven in New Haven. Now Yale is stepping in saying they will terminate the lease with the deli if issues between management and staff aren't resolved.
The fight against the alleged missed wages and poor working conditions continues at Gourmet Heaven in New Haven.
The allegations stem from a complaint filed by a former employee of the grocery-deli, suggesting wage theft and mistreatment.
"A former worker filed a complaint with the department of labor saying that he was paid between $5-6 an hour," said Megan Fountain, Unidad Latina.
That complaint spawned an investigation. The Connecticut Department of Labor discovered that more than a dozen workers were being paid less than minimum wage and denied overtime.
"Gourmet Heaven is a really profitable business in the city of New Haven and they have the nerve to charge these ridicules prices, and they are not paying their workers the minimum wage," said Addys Castillo, New Haven protester.
Since August students and activists have been protesting the convenience store.
"I have been on the picket line every single week and we are going to continue to be here until the workers receive those back wages and begin to be respected at their workplace," said Evelyn Nunez, Yale student protester.
Yale students and activists are calling for a boycott of Gourmet Heaven. They say workers are being paid despicable wages.
"I think it's hard enough to live on minimum wage in Connecticut, $8.25 an hour which is a dollar above the national minimum wage. Paying under that it is heinous," said Creighton Chandler, Yale student protester.
Yale University Vice President, Bruce Alexander released the following statement to student leaders that reads in part:
"Yale University Properties shares the concerns about the alleged labor violations at Gourmet Heaven.We strongly condemn unfair labor practices and will not renew the lease of any tenant not in complete compliance with the labor laws regarding fair treatment of employees."
Unidad Latina En Accion also joined the picket line alongside students.
"We want living wages for these workers. They were paid less than minimum wage for years and a family in Connecticut can't survive on the minimum wage," said Fountain.
News 8 tried reaching out to the owner of Gourmet Heaven but have not heard back.
Meanwhile, this investigation continues.
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