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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 6, 1989
A task force of vice officers from the Los Angeles Police Department and investigators from the California Labor Board and state Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control has closed six Pacoima bars over wage and labor code violations. The undercover crackdown, which took place from 8 p.m. Friday to 1 a.m. Saturday, was part of an ongoing police effort to curb drunk driving in the Pacoima area, Sgt. William Thomas said.
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BUSINESS
June 14, 2008 | From the Associated Press
State officials are shutting down a San Joaquin Valley farm labor contractor that hired a pregnant teen who died while pruning grapes last month. Authorities suspect 17-year-old Maria Isabel Vasquez Jimenez died because Merced Farm Labor denied her proper access to shade and water even as she worked in 100-degree heat. The California Department of Industrial Relations issued the stop-work order Thursday.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 7, 1997 | BETH SHUSTER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Following a weekend raid that drew some cheers from neighbors, state and local authorities are considering a host of charges against the owner and employees of the Showgirls nightclub, including allegations of lewd conduct and liquor law violations. The dozen or so city, county and state officials who swooped into the Reseda Boulevard nightclub last weekend found a number of illegal activities at the bar, authorities said. The bar was closed down Friday night, they said.
BUSINESS
August 17, 2007 | From the Associated Press
While Gap Inc.'s stores have been disappointing shoppers and investors, the factories making the retailer's clothes have been treating workers better, according to the company's latest assessment of its labor practices. The update released Thursday marked the third time the owner of the Gap, Old Navy and Banana Republic chains had publicly critiqued the conditions in overseas factories often derided as "sweatshops" because of abuses inflicted on employees.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 18, 1990
At a rally in Los Angeles, union and Democratic Party proponents of a bill to crack down on labor code violations in the garment industry Friday called on Gov. George Deukmejian to sign the legislation. A bill by Assemblyman Tom Hayden (D-Santa Monica) would make garment manufacturers liable for underpaid wages, unsafe working conditions or other labor violations committed by sewing subcontractors who are hired by manufacturers. Deukmejian has until Aug.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 8, 1989
Defense attorneys for nine companies charged in last year's fatal fire at the First Interstate Bank building said Wednesday they will try to get the case dismissed before an arraignment can be scheduled. The defense lawyers said they will argue next month that the actions prosecutors accuse their clients of committing do not constitute a crime. The lawyers appeared in Municipal Court on Wednesday for arraignment in the case but obtained a postponement at least until after they argue their dismissal motion July 26. The nine companies, including First Interstate Bank of California, were charged with 12 misdemeanors last month in connection with the May 4, 1988, fire at the bank building in downtown Los Angeles.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 8, 1993
The owners of an Antelope Valley fast-food chain face criminal charges for violation of state workers' compensation laws in two counties. The local Los Angeles County district attorney's office filed two misdemeanor charges Friday against Taco Tec owners Armando Sanchez, Estrella Sanchez and Pat Stewart for failing to provide workers' comp insurance for employees at two restaurants in Lancaster. An arraignment is set for June 25.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 5, 1997 | GREG KRIKORIAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Authorities on Thursday charged Kaiser International Corp. of San Pedro with causing the death of a dockworker last year by violating six state workplace safety regulations. The criminal charges, filed by city and county prosecutors, came almost a year to the day after longshoreman Jimmie Garcia Magallanez, who had worked on the docks for 35 years, was struck and killed by a railroad boxcar at Kaiser's coal-loading facility. Kaiser has denied any negligence in the case.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 6, 1993 | JOHN CHANDLER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A popular Antelope Valley-based Mexican fast-food restaurant chain is under investigation for alleged state labor code violations and for county health and false advertising problems, state and county officials said Wednesday. State labor officials said they are investigating Taco Tec Inc.
NEWS
April 23, 2000 | JOE MOZINGO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Behind the grandstands and opulent turf clubs, workers who take care of horses at California's racetracks inhabit a dusty, isolated world where normal labor and living standards don't apply. They often work every day of the week without overtime. Most live in small equipment rooms in the stables, with plywood walls, bare concrete floors and no running water. In Pomona, they sleep and cook on county property under Fire Department signs warning: "Use as Living Quarters and Cooking Prohibited."
BUSINESS
March 30, 2007 | Jerry Hirsch
In a filing with the National Labor Relations Board, the Southern California grocery workers union alleged that the Albertsons supermarket chain violated federal labor law in the days leading up to a vote by workers Sunday that gave union leaders the power to call a strike. A three-year contract for workers at three major Southland grocery chains is set to expire April 9 after two extensions in the last month.
BUSINESS
February 9, 2007 | Ashley Surdin
The National Labor Relations Board has filed a complaint against the Westin Los Angeles Airport, accusing the hotel of violating labor law by telling employees to remove union buttons and suspending those who refused. The board issued the complaint last month after Unite Here Local 11, a union representing hotel employees, charged that the hotel in July unlawfully prohibited employees from wearing union buttons and insignia. At least 26 were suspended, the complaint said.
BUSINESS
June 7, 2006 | From the Associated Press
Two law firms representing former employees of Washington Mutual Inc. in California, New York and Illinois have sued the Seattle-based thrift, accusing the company of violating labor laws by failing to pay overtime and the federal minimum wage. The complaint, filed Monday in New York federal court, alleged that in some cases, Washington Mutual home loan consultants were not paid for hours they worked on a case if they did not close the loan.
BUSINESS
June 30, 2005 | From Associated Press
The Labor Department worked for more than a year to maintain secrecy for studies that were critical of working conditions in Central America, the region the Bush administration wants in a new trade pact. The contractor hired by the department in 2002 to conduct the studies has become a major opponent of the administration's proposed Central American Free Trade Agreement, or CAFTA.
NATIONAL
February 13, 2005 | From Times Wire Reports
Wal-Mart Stores Inc., the world's largest retailer, will pay $135,540 to settle federal charges that it broke child labor laws, the Labor Department said. The 24 violations, which occurred at stores in Arkansas, Connecticut and New Hampshire, had to do with teenage workers who used hazardous equipment such as a chain saw, paper balers and forklifts. Wal-Mart denied the allegations but agreed to pay the penalty. Child labor laws prohibit anyone under 18 from operating hazardous equipment.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 19, 2004 | Sam Quinones, Times Staff Writer
After almost a year of contentious proceedings, the owner of the Hawaiian Gardens Casino will go before a state licensing board today to ask for a permanent gambling license. Dr. Irving I. Moskowitz, a multimillionaire hospital owner who now resides in Florida, has gained international attention for funneling millions of dollars to pay for Jewish settlements on land in Arab neighborhoods of Jerusalem and in parts of the West Bank.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 19, 1990 | BOB BAKER, TIMES LABOR WRITER
State labor investigators closed a downtown Los Angeles garment factory where 100 Thai immigrants were believed working for below-minimum wages and, in some cases, living on the premises, officials said Wednesday. The factory, operating without a name at 2407 S. Grand Ave., was producing garments with J.C. Penney labels, officials said. Investigators said Penney contracted with a downtown sportswear manufacturer, Monarch Knit and Sportswear.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 3, 1992 | JANET RAE-DUPREE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
An Orange County demolition firm owner, his brother and a company supervisor have pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter charges stemming from a Torrance roof collapse that killed one worker. In return for their guilty pleas, additional labor code violations were dropped against Robert De Fazio, president of Radco Concrete Sawing and Breaking Inc., company supervisor Jeffrey De Fazio and site supervisor Mario Aroz, Deputy Dist. Atty. Fred Macksoud said.
BUSINESS
January 14, 2004 | From Associated Press
An audit by Wal-Mart Stores Inc. of about 25,000 employees uncovered thousands of labor violations, including minors working during school hours and workers not taking breaks or lunches. The audit of 25,000 employees performed by Wal-Mart in July 2000 detailed 1,371 violations of child-labor laws, including minors working too late, too many hours in a day or during school hours.
BUSINESS
June 10, 2003 | Lisa Girion, Times Staff Writer
Wal-Mart Stores Inc. said Monday that California labor officials are investigating the company's alleged failures to comply with state wage and hour laws. The disclosure in Wal-Mart's quarterly report to the Securities and Exchange Commission did not specify the nature of the alleged violations. However, a company spokeswoman said the California Department of Labor Standards and Enforcement is reviewing Wal-Mart's compliance with meal break requirements.
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