East Hampton Restaurant Shut Down Amid Workplace Violation Allegations

The owner of Hung Wan employed several underage workers off the books, officials said

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    An East Hampton restaurant was shut down after state officials said they found numerous workplace violations.

    The Department of Labor shut down the Hung Won restaurant at 11 East High Street on Sept 25.

    According to officials at the Department of Labor, they were alerted to alleged problems at the restaurant by the father of a 17-year-old who was illegally employed there.

    Hung Wan owner Jimmy Chan is accused of hiring five minors without the required working papers, did not have the minors on the payroll, did not obtain worker's compensation insurance and had not paid taxes.

    "Mr. Chan was in violation of Connecticut's laws in a number of areas, and was taking unfair advantage of his employees, the majority for whom this was their first on-the-job experience," said State Labor Commissioner Sharon Palmer.

    Chan tried to illegally reopen the restaurant the day after being shut down, officials said. He was finally allowed to reopen Hung Wan after providing proof that the employees had been placed on the payroll and that he had obtained worker's compensation insurance.

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