FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
IR #2008-18
March 27, 2008

CONTACT:
Kate McGuire
(415) 703-5050


Los Angeles Garment Manufacturers Cited by EEEC for Labor and Safety Violations

Los Angeles—March 25, 2008—Investigators with the Economic and Employment Enforcement Coalition (EEEC) targeted garment industry businesses recently that were operating illegally in Los Angeles County.

Three teams of EEEC investigators visited 21 garment manufacturers and found that all of the businesses inspected had safety hazards, while 18 of the 21 were found in violation of California labor laws. Thirty-five citations were issued totaling $163,200. 

“Our effort is to root out California’s underground economy by targeting businesses that avoid labor, tax and licensing laws, safety and health regulations and carry no workers’ compensation insurance,” said EEEC Director David Dorame. "By targeting enforcement against illegal operators, we help level the playing field for law abiding businesses and their employees."

The enforcement actions uncovered serious safety hazards and investigators spoke with an employee who recently had his finger amputated as a result of an accident involving a pleating machine. Three pleating machines were red tagged for not having the proper guarding. Safety hazards found also included:

The sweeps exposed the following labor violations:

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

Launched in July 2005 with the full support of Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, the EEEC was formed with a dual mission to enforce California labor laws, and to educate business owners and workers on those laws and regulations.  On the enforcement side, the EEEC aims to root out businesses participating in the underground economy, which costs the state and legitimate businesses millions each year, in many cases passing the cost on to the consumer.  In addition, EEEC helps educate business owners on California’s employment laws and their responsibilities, and educates employees on their rights as workers at workshops and seminars.

EEEC is a collaboration of the Labor and Workforce Development Agency’s Department of Industrial Relations (Division of Occupational Safety and Health; Division of Labor Standards Enforcement) and the Employment Development Department.  The U.S. Department of Labor participates in the EEEC, as well as the Contractors State License Board when targeting the construction industry.

The EEEC conducts enforcement sweeps in various industries, including garment, agriculture, construction, pallet, car wash, auto body, and restaurant, which have been identified as having a high degree of workplace violations and lack of regulatory compliance.  For more information on the EEEC, please visit our website at www.dir.ca.gov. Employees that have work-related questions or complaints can call the California Workers’ Information Hotline at 1-866-924-9757.

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