35 Calif. Car Washes Fined $1M Over Shorted Wages

By Michael Mello (March 5, 2015, 7:52 PM EST) -- A California labor enforcement agency has socked owners of 35 Los Angeles-area car washes with $1.3 million in fines, saying that the businesses violated state labor laws by cheating employees, some of whom are immigrants, out of earned wages.

The violations found during an enforcement sweep last week affected about 400 workers who either weren't paid the full wages they were owed, were not paid for overtime they worked or were not paid at least the minimum wage. Others were paid wholly in cash or partly in cash, violations of state laws requiring itemized paychecks.

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