Chinese-language newspaper settles pay suit for $7.8 million

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Columbus CEO

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The largest Chinese-language newspaper in the United States will pay $7.8 million to settle a lawsuit claiming it made reporters and others work up to 17 hours a day without overtime.

The Chinese Daily News didn't acknowledge any wrongdoing in the settlement, which was announced Friday.

An attorney says the paper is complying with California and federal law.

Based in the Los Angeles suburb of Monterey Park, the paper has about 120,000 readers. Its employees, many recent immigrants from Taiwan, said they were expected to work long hours without rest, meal breaks or overtime pay. Lynn Wang says she sometimes worked all night.

The lawsuit was filed in 2004 and settled last year, but a judge only approved it last month. Checks should start going out next week.