After 15 months and assistance from the Center for Worker Justice of Eastern Iowa, Kossiwa Agbenowassi has finally received her final paycheck of more than $2,300 from Outback Steakhouse.
Agbenowassi was given a chance to tell her story Friday at the Center for Worker Justice with the assistance of translator Thomas Kodjovi, who along with Agbenowassi is from West Africa.
Agbenowassi originally was hired by Sandpiper Maintenance and Repair, which served as a cleaning contractor for Outback. She worked seven days a week at the Coralville restaurant spending the majority of her time working alone cleaning the dining room and kitchen.
Because she was hired by a contractor instead of Outback directly she received a wage of $1,300 per month, which was the equivalent of $6.12 an hour, said Misty Rebik, the executive director of the Center for Worker Justice.