- Associated Press - Saturday, December 20, 2014

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - The state Department of Labor and Training is investigating wage complaints from former employees of a Providence deli.

The Providence Journal reports (https://bit.ly/1CdDmIZ ) the department said it is opening an investigation into allegations from former workers at the Gourmet Heaven stores, one of which closed this month.

DLT spokesman Michael Healey says the workers’ rights center Fuerza Laboral filed a complaint on behalf of seven former employees, seeking more than $100,000 in unpaid wages and overtime.

A supervisor at the Weybosset Street store says employees are always paid minimum wage plus overtime. Demonstrators picketed there Friday.

Healey says an earlier audit based on wage complaints against Gourmet Heaven revealed no improprieties.

Owner Chung Cho could not be reached. He faces wage theft charges in Connecticut, where he also owns stores.

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