FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, June 7, 2005
Garment shops slapped with $252,610 in proposed penalties issued by Dept. of Industrial Relations
Los Angeles-- The California Department of Industrial Relations' (DIR) Divisions of Labor Standards Enforcement (DLSE) and Occupational Safety and Health (Cal/OSHA), in cooperation with the California Employment Development Department and the U.S. Department of Labor today released information on violations found in a three day enforcement sweep of garment shops in Los Angeles and San Diego. The enforcement sweep, an unannounced inspection to check for employer compliance with state workplace rules, resulted in $252,610 in proposed penalties issued by DIR.
“From the results of this enforcement action we see that there continues to be a thriving underground economy that must be stopped,” said Donna Dell, state labor commissioner and chief of DLSE. “These enforcement actions not only protect legitimate businesses, employees and consumers, but California’s economy as well. Enforcement actions are also an opportunity for us to educate employees and employers on their rights and responsibilities under the law.”
During the enforcement sweep teams of investigators from the partner agencies visited the targeted businesses looking for labor law violations. Companies are identified for inspection based upon past complaints, referral from other state and local agencies and from anonymous tips from legitimate employers concerned about unfair competition. Forty companies employing 609 employees were visited, resulting in 17 companies being in total compliance. The findings from the 23 other companies are as follows:
“In order to level the playing field for all legitimate businesses we will continue to step up our enforcement actions across the state to identify unscrupulous business owners and bring them into compliance,” added Dell.
In California regulations governing wages, hours and working conditions are laid out in the Industrial Welfare Commission wage orders, which must be available at the worksite where employees can read them. Employers can access the Industrial Welfare Commission wage orders, Cal/OSHA safety and health posters or other workplace postings on line at www.dir.ca.gov, click on workplace postings in the left navigation bar. For a list of licensed garment manufacturer in California visit our web site at http://www.dir.ca.gov/databases/dlselr/garmreg.html