FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
IR #2008-75
December 23, 2008

CONTACT:
Dean Fryer
415-703-5050

Internet: www.dir.ca.gov


CA Labor Commissioner files $250,000 lawsuit for unpaid wage

San DiegoDec. 23, 2008—California Labor Commissioner Angela Bradstreet yesterday filed a lawsuit with the Superior Court of California, County of San Diego in unpaid wages totaling close $250,000 against Einstein Industries Inc., a San Diego online health care and legal marketing company.

“We want to make sure that employees are correctly and promptly paid on regularly established pay days as required by law,” said Bradstreet. “Companies that fail to pay their employees when wages are due create economic hardships for employees who depend on their wages for the necessities of life for their family.”    

According to Labor Code section 204, all wages are earned are required to be paid twice during each calendar month on days designated in advance by the employer as the regular paydays.    

From August through November 2007, Einstein Industries Inc. failed to meet their obligation to timely pay wages to their employees, instead paying employees anywhere from one day to several weeks late.  This pattern and practice resumed in July 2008 and continued without abatement to the present, prompting this action by the Labor Commissioner.    

“Employees need to be paid their wages in a timely manner,” said Bradstreet. “We hope to reach a quick resolution with Einstein Industries and have their full and complete compliance with the Labor Code and similar violations from continuing into the future.”

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

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