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Three washes sued by CA for over $2 million

March 08, 2012
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LOS ANGELES — Two lawsuits were filed against three carwashes here by the California Labor Commissioner, Hola Arkansas reported.

The March 7 story stated that the lawsuits are for unpaid wages, penalties and damages, and they total in excess of $2 million. Labor Standards Enforcement conducted investigations and found that Rosencrans King Car Wash, Wilshire Car Wash and Vermont Auto Spa all violated state laws.

The lawsuits allege violations of minimum wage, overtime and record keeping laws as well as failure to issue itemized wage deduction statements. Further, Vermont Auto Spa was also found in violation of meal and rest period requirements.

The complaint against Rosencrans King Car Wash alleges that the wash did not pay workers for all the hours they worked, and the suit seeks almost $1.7 million in minimum wage, overtime, penalties and attorney fees.

“Our investigations found that employers knowingly and willfully failed to properly record accurate time records for each worker and failed to provide them with itemized wage deduction statements with their pay,” Labor Commissioner Julie A. Su said in the story. “By not providing an itemized statement, workers had no way to verify if the pay they received covered all hours worked. This routine practice by the employers is nothing less than an act of wage theft.”

Su added, “We will use every tool available to ensure employers pay their workers what is owed for the labor that is provided. Employers cannot be allowed to reap the benefit from the labor of their workers without providing them with at least the basic pay required by law.”