FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
IR #2006-11
March 22, 2006

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Economic and Employment Enforcement Coalition announces results of restaurant enforcement sweeps in Los Angeles

Los Angeles – Investigators with the Economic and Employment Enforcement Coalition (EEEC) targeted businesses in the restaurant industry on March 15 and 16 who were operating illegally. A total of five restaurants were visited in the City of Los Angeles.

EEEC is a multi-agency task force designed to investigate California's underground economic activity. In last week's enforcement sweep of restaurants in Los Angeles, the EEEC targeted businesses that avoid labor, tax and licensing laws, safety and health regulations and lack workers' compensation insurance for their employees in order to gain a competitive economic advantage over legitimate businesses that follow the law.

"In California all workers have employment rights and it is our goal to protect them," said Acting State Labor Commissioner Robert Jones. "Employers who play by the rules also deserve protection from unscrupulous employers. EEEC provides both enforcement of regulations and education to help businesses come into compliance."

The results of the sweep are as follows:

Number of inspections 5
Number of citations issued 3
Total citation amount $9,000
Citations issued for no workers' compensation


Launched in July'05 with the full support of Governor Schwarzenegger, the EEEC was formed with a dual mission: to enforce California labor laws; and to educate business owners and workers on those laws and regulations. On the enforcement side, the EEEC aims to root out businesses participating in the underground economy, which cost the state and legitimate businesses millions each year, in many cases passing the cost on to the consumer.

In addition, EEEC helps educate business owners on California's employment laws and their responsibilities, and educates employees on their rights as workers.

The EEEC conducts sweeps in various industries including garment, agriculture, construction, horse race track, janitorial and restaurant. EEEC also holds workshops throughout the state to educate employers and workers on labor and wage issues. For more information on the EEEC, please visit our website at www.dir.ca.gov.