July 13, 2001 |
A Laguna Hills contractor hired to make pink tiaras and magic wands for Walt Disney Co. is being investigated for allegedly allowing Orange County women to work from home for less than minimum wage. The contractor, KTBA Inc., hired 30 to 70 women over the last month to assemble the trinkets at their homes for 60 cents apiece.
July 12, 2001 |
A day after Farmers Insurance Exchange was slapped with a $90-million judgment in an overtime case, a lawsuit was filed against 21st Century Insurance Group charging that company with cheating its claims adjusters and examiners out of premium pay. Similar lawsuits are pending against at least nine other insurers in California, where labor laws and court rulings favor white-collar workers' demands for overtime pay.
July 8, 2001 |
Starbucks Co. became the latest company to be hit by lawsuits from managers alleging they have been cheated out of overtime pay under California's unique labor laws. The coffee purveyor, which has positioned itself as a socially responsible corporation, denied any wrongdoing. The suits, one filed in Los Angeles and another in Oakland, seek to represent an estimated 1,000 current and hundreds of former managers and assistant managers.
June 30, 2001 |
Labor law enforcement has declined markedly in California despite evidence of widespread violations in low-wage restaurant, janitorial and garment jobs, according to an analysis by the California Works Foundation. The labor-backed group found that by several measures--funding, staffing ratios and number of inspections--enforcement of laws covering wages, hours, health and safety was lower in 2000 than at the turn of each of the last three decades.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 3, 2001 |
The upscale Renee Strauss for the Bride salon in Beverly Hills doesn't conform to anyone's definition of a sweatshop. Its Web site boasts an exclusive clientele of Hollywood luminaries, including Raquel Welch, Victoria Principal and Roseanne. Its wedding and bridesmaid gowns have appeared on shows such as "ER," "Beverly Hills 90210" and "Melrose Place."
April 3, 2001 |
Commerce-based XOXO Clothing Co. has agreed to pay $17,433 in back wages owed to 23 garment workers by a defunct contractor. A Labor Department investigation found that Martinez & Sons Sportswear, a Los Angeles contractor that sewed apparel for the popular young women's clothing label, failed to pay wages for work performed from July through September. Under federal law, garment manufacturers are responsible for ensuring that their contractors' employees are properly paid.
January 24, 2001 |
Three former employees of DiTech Funding Corp. sued the Costa Mesa mortgage lender and its parent company, alleging that they were forced to work overtime without pay. The suit, filed in U.S. District Court in Santa Ana, seeks back pay for all loan agents who worked in DiTech's office for the last four years. The suit, which also names DiTech parent GMAC Mortgage Corp., also requests one hour of pay for each day employees failed to receive adequate meal breaks.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 8, 2001 |
The first time labor inspectors looked at working conditions in the stables of several California racetracks, they reported finding widespread abuse of minimum wage and overtime laws. But just as they prepared to expand their investigation statewide, their agency's top brass ordered them to stop the probe. That was 15 years ago.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 14, 2000 |
A Koreatown labor advocacy group released a survey Wednesday, alleging that neighborhood restaurant owners routinely violate minimum-wage laws and other legal safeguards for the approximately 2,000 workers who prepare food, serve, wash dishes and clean at hundreds of eating establishments.