FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
IR #2008-55
August 22, 2008

CONTACT:
Dean Fryer
(415) 703-5050
Internet: www.dir.ca.gov


Labor Commissioner Cites Northern California Carwashes $521,000 for Violations

San Francisco—August 22 , 2008— Officials with the State Division of Labor Standards Enforcement (Labor Commissioner’s Office) issued citations totaling $521,000 in fines to car wash businesses in Northern California as part of an ongoing effort to address illegal operations in the underground economy. As part of the recent three-day enforcement sweep, investigators visited 97 carwashes.

“Our efforts are directed at illegally operating carwash businesses as part of the underground economy,” said California Labor Commissioner Angela Bradstreet. “These illegal operations have a negative impact on our state’s economy, do not provide the protection workers are legally afforded, and have an unfair advantage over competitors who do follow the law.”

Fifteen teams of investigators conducted the two day sweeps on Aug. 13-14 and 54 carwash businesses were cited. Thirty out of the 54 carwashes received work stop notices until they can provide workers’ compensation insurance for their employees. The violations included failure to:

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

“We will continue to strengthen our efforts in addressing these types of violations that are typically associated with the underground economy,” added Bradstreet.

The Division of Labor Standards Enforcement adjudicates wage claims, investigates discrimination and public works complaints, and enforces state labor law and Industrial Welfare Commission wage orders. To learn more about the functions of the California Labor Commissioner, visit our web site at www.dir.ca.gov/dlse.

Employees that have work-related questions or complaints can call the California Workers’ Information Hotline at 1-866-924-9757.

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