Lawsuit Accuses Hindu Temple in Flushing of Violating Immigration and Labor Laws

July 28, 2005

Source: Queens Chronicle

On July 28, 2005 the Queens Chronicle reported, "The battle over who will lead a prominent Hindu temple in Flushing has taken on a new twist, with a lawsuit filed on behalf of a temple cook who claims he was exploited... Filed in federal court on July 14th, the lawsuit claims the temple’s cooks and priests are forced to work 65 hours a week, six days a week, without overtime... The lawsuit also accuses the temple of obtaining religious worker visas for its cooks under the pretext that they would only be performing religious duties such as preparing cooked offerings and food for religious festivals. [Krishnan Chittur, who won a suit two years ago forcing the temple to elect its trustees] says the cooks in fact function as ordinary restaurant cooks at the temple’s canteen and for private catering assignments outside the temple’s premises."