California labor regulators are seeking $635,000 in back wages, penalties and damages from a San Joaquin County farm-labor contractor.
Labor Commissioner Julie Su said Tuesday she is filing a lawsuit in Fresno County Superior Court against Javier Diaz and his company, Diaz Contracting, for alleged multiple wage-and-hour violations, including failure to pay minimum wage and overtime to 129 employees.
The lawsuit is the result of an extensive investigation, according to Su's office, the Division of Labor Standards Enforcement at the California Department of Industrial Relations.
"Low wage workers are particularly vulnerable and the mobile nature of the work in industries such as agriculture often poses challenges to enforcement," Su said in statement. "This lawsuit is an example of our commitment to conducting in-depth, meaningful inspections.