FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
IR #07-54
November 19, 2007

CONTACT:
Kate McGuire
(415) 703-5050


Alameda County restaurants fined by EEEC for labor violations

Oakland—November 19, 2007—Investigators with the Economic and Employment Enforcement Coalition (EEEC) recently issued citations and assessed fines to illegally-operating restaurants in a sweep in Alameda County.
“California workers have employment rights and protections and it is our job to ensure that the laws are followed,” said EEEC Executive Director David Dorame. “At the same time, we owe it to responsible employers to level the playing field by vigorously pursuing those who violate California laws and gain an unfair economic advantage over their law abiding competitors.”

The results of the sweep are as follows:

Number of inspections 23
Number of citations issued. 35
Total citation amount. $278,000
Citations issued for Failure to provide workers’ comp, not providing itemized wage deduction statements, improper payment of the minimum wage and overtime

To request a list of the businesses cited email the Department of Industrial Relations at: Communications@dir.ca.gov.

Launched in July of 2005 with the full support of Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, the EEEC is a multi-agency task force designed to root out California’s underground economy by enforcing California labor laws, and educating business owners and workers about those laws and regulations in workshops held regularly statewide.

Businesses engaged in the underground economy deprive the state and legitimate businesses of millions of dollars each year, and in many cases, pass the cost on to the consumer.

During unannounced enforcement sweeps, the EEEC targets businesses that avoid labor, tax and licensing laws, safety and health regulations and carry no workers’ compensation insurance for their employees.

EEEC is currently targeting garment, agriculture, construction, horse race track, car wash, janitorial and restaurant businesses. These industries have been identified as having a high incidence of workplace violations and a lack of regulatory compliance.

In collaboration with the Labor and Workforce Development Agency’s Department of Industrial Relations (DIR) and the Employment Development Department, EEEC works directly with DIR’s Division of Occupational Safety and Health and Division of Labor Standards Enforcement to carry out its mission. The U.S. Department of Labor also participates in the EEEC as does the Contractors State License Board when the construction industry is being targeted.

For more information on the EEEC, please visit our website at www.dir.ca.gov.

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