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BUSINESS
July 12, 2001 | LISA GIRION, TIMES STAFF WRITER
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.
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BUSINESS
July 8, 2001 | Lisa Girion
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.
BUSINESS
June 30, 2001 | NANCY CLEELAND, TIMES STAFF WRITER
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 | PATRICK J. McDONNELL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
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."
BUSINESS
April 3, 2001 | Marla Dickerson
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.
BUSINESS
January 24, 2001 | Daryl Strickland
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 | JOE MOZINGO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
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 | PATRICK J. McDONNELL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
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.
NEWS
December 6, 2000 | From Associated Press
A Nicaraguan garment factory that supplies discounted clothing to American soldiers imposes sweatshop conditions and starvation wages on its workers, a lawsuit filed Tuesday contends. The lawsuit, filed by labor rights attorneys in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles, seeks punitive damages against the Chentex factory and its Taiwan-based parent, Nien Hsing. It contends that Nien Hsing pays workers less than 20 cents for each pair of blue jeans sewn.
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