IR #2009-29
September 21, 2009

Erika Monterroza
Dean Fryer
(415) 703-5050


Labor Commissioner on Impersonation Case: Investigators Never Ask For Cash

San Francisco—Officials of the California Division of Labor Standards Enforcement (DLSE/Labor Commissioner’s Office) announced today that several incidents of a man allegedly representing himself as an investigator with the Labor Commissioner’s office and seeking cash in lieu of issuing citations are under investigation by the division and local authorities. The latest incident occurred on Sep 9 at a Bernal Heights market in San Francisco.

“A DLSE investigator will never request payment in lieu of citations or ask for money onsite,” says Labor Commissioner Angela Bradstreet.  "If an investigator requests payment on site for any reason, employers are urged to call the DLSE headquarters immediately at 415-703-4810 and we will contact local authorities.”

Employers are encouraged to ask for state identification and a business card from anyone purporting to be an investigator. DLSE citations are payable only after a written citation is issued. All payment details are clearly spelled out on the citation, and employers cited have fifteen days to remit payment or appeal the citations.

The DLSE investigator protocol is as follows:

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

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