Professional Carwashing & Detailing

Update: NY attorney general threatens carwash

February 21, 2013

NEW YORK — Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman here announced an agreement that will ensure employment for 15 workers that were scheduled to lose their jobs after a carwash closure, according to a press release.

As PC&D previously reported, employees recently walked out of a carwash owned by Lage Car Wash Inc. to protest the carwash’s impending closure. Though they eventually returned to work, the workers were not guaranteed a job after the end of February.

Union employees walk out over wash sale

The Feb. 20 press release stated that the attorney general got involved in the matter when groups asked if the closing of the wash constituted retaliation against the employees who previously reported workplace violations.

“My office will take swift action when there is any indication that an employer may have retaliated against workers for reporting violations of New York’s labor laws,” Attorney General Schneiderman said. “Because of this agreement, 15 workers will not lose their jobs and will be employed at the companies’ other car wash locations.”

Union employees return to work

As a result of this agreement, the employees will be offered comparable positions at other carwashes operated by Lage Car Wash Inc. The company will face penalties and damages if workers are not given positions as required.

Read the entire release here.