SEATTLE -- Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn and other officials are warning that the city will investigate and prosecute when businesses fail to pay workers what they're due.
McGinn made the comments during a rally organized in support of five fast-food workers who filed complaints with the police department Thursday, saying their bosses had withheld payment for time worked.
The workers include 21-year-old Caroline Durocher, who says she's owed about $800 by a Taco Bell in the Ballard neighborhood. She says her boss routinely made her stay about half an hour late to wash floors and clean bathrooms, but she never got paid for the time.
Craig Sims, the city's chief criminal prosecutor, says it's an issue of human dignity. He warned that the City Attorney's Office will hold employers accountable in such cases.