California labor officials have fined a Southern California hospital chain, Pacific Health Corp., more than $7 million for not paying employee wages and bouncing payroll checks.
The company operates the Los Angeles Metropolitan Medical Center, Tustin Hospital, Newport Specialty Hospital, Bellflower Medical Center and Anaheim General Hospital.
All of the locations were cited except the Newport Beach facility.
"Employers have an obligation to pay workers the wages they've earned," said Christine Baker, director of the California Department of Industrial Relations. "Forcing employees to wait for payment or depriving them of promised benefits are illegal acts and cause unacceptable hardship."
Calls for comment to Pacific Health's corporate office were not answered or returned.
The company was fined $524,300 for late payments and payments with checks from accounts with insufficient funds. An additional $6.5 million in penalties was for failing to provide complete and accurate itemized wage statements to workers.