Today the official closure of Harvey Milk’s American Diner was announced. The online announcement, by owner Frank Lechner, stated that the diner was officially closed for good and that all the employees had been paid. LGBT Weekly reached out to Lechner for comment but he was unavailable at press time.
LGBT Weekly did speak with employees who indicated they had been paid but were asked to sign a document releasing Harvey Milk’s American Diner from any legal action. One source indicated that each person was offered two days “bonus” pay if they signed the legal document which also indicated that the employee was paid in full.
Sources indicate that some employees refused to sign because they had begun action with the San Diego Labor Board. According to the Labor Board Web site, Harvey Milk’s may be liable for one day’s pay to each employee for each day beyond 72 hours after closure that the employee did not receive their wages. That means the diner owed many employees 16 days additional pay not the two days of bonus pay offered.
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