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Former Typhoon workers can apply for settlement

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PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) -

The Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries (BOLI) is looking for former workers of a local Thai food restaurant that closed its doors.

Typhoon suddenly shut down last year.

Now, BOLI is reaching out to the Thai community to find former employees who were recruited from Thailand.

BOLI said a $100,000 settlement fund will remain open into 2013 to allow claims from workers harmed by the chain's employment practices.

"We're going to do all that we can to get this information into the hands of former Typhoon employees," said State Labor Commissioner Brad Avakian, chief of BOLI and the official who originally launched the probe of employment conditions at Typhoon.

"With some creative outreach on our part, we're hopeful that as many workers as possible will be able to benefit from the settlement fund," he added.

BOLI staffers have generated claim forms and informational notices in English and Thai, which are all available on BOLI's website.

In addition to contacting known former employees directly, staffers from BOLI are reaching out to community resources where local Thais may turn seeking information, such as Buddhist temples and the Thai Consulate.

"The employment agreements that Typhoon got their workers to sign did not encourage them to learn about their rights," Avakian said.

"Connecting former employees with the proceeds of this settlement fund is critical to compensating them for the pay and working condition disparities that they faced."

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