Workers sue owner for $500,000 in damages
LOS ANGELES — A group of workers filed a lawsuit against Melrose Strip Auto Detailing and Car Wash here alleging they were not paid for hours worked, the Los Angeles Times reported.
The Nov. 28 story stated that nine workers claim Owner Jae Choi did not pay overtime and did not give the employees breaks or time off when sick.
The nine workers began trying to form a union a year ago. When the group started organizing, their hours were cut to three a day. Wages for employees that did not organize were raised to $8 an hour for an eight-hour day.
In addition to the lawsuit, the group of disgruntled employees also filed an unfair labor practices complaint with the National Relations Board. The employees are alleging retaliation.
This lawsuit is part of an effort here that was started in 2008 by local unions to push carwash owners. Workers advocates claimed there was widespread abusive labor treatment in the area’s carwashes.
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