FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
IR #2008-73
December 22, 2008

CONTACT:
Dean Fryer
415-703-5050

Internet: www.dir.ca.gov


EEEC cites LA garment businesses for labor violations

Los Angeles—State investigators from the Economic and Employment Enforcement Coalition (EEEC) conducted business inspections in Los Angeles County and issued $183,600 in penalties to businesses in the garment industry that violated labor laws.

Over the two-day enforcement sweep that began on Dec. 10, three teams of investigators visited 21 businesses and cited 14 for violations that included:

"California law provides basic protections for workers such as minimum wage, overtime, workers' compensation coverage as well as meal and rest breaks" said EEEC Executive Director David Dorame. "We will enforce these laws to ensure that employers are not taking advantage of workers and creating an unfair economic advantage over employers who follow the laws."

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

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.

As part of Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger’s 2005 initiative to combat the underground economy, the EEEC enforces California labor laws through unannounced enforcement sweeps targeting businesses that avoid labor, tax and licensing laws, safety and health regulations and carry no workers’ compensation insurance for their employees.

In addition to the enforcement sweeps, EEEC also conducts educational outreach to business owners and workers on labor laws and regulations through regularly statewide workshops.

EEEC focuses on businesses in the garment, agriculture, construction, pallet, auto body, car wash and restaurant industries. 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.

Employees with work-related questions or complaints can call the toll-free California Workers’ Information Hotline at 1-866-924-9757, available in English and Spanish.

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