July 6, 2001 |
Coffee purveyor Starbucks Co., which has positioned itself as a socially responsible corporate citizen, has been hit with a pair of lawsuits accusing the company of cheating its managers and assistant managers out of overtime pay. Starbucks denies any wrongdoing. The Seattle-based retailer is the latest of hundreds of companies to face lawsuits filed under California's unique labor laws, challenging the exempt status of 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.
December 6, 2000 |
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.
November 22, 2000 |
Twelve Los Angeles garment workers are suing XOXO Clothing Co. for back wages and damages, claiming a contractor hired by XOXO to sew apparel for the popular young women's clothing label stiffed them for six weeks' wages. The suit filed Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles claims Commerce-based XOXO has repeatedly violated federal labor standards by hiring contractors who flout wage-and-hour laws.
November 21, 2000 |
The owner and manager of a floor polish factory that exploded, killing 11 workers, have been arrested on suspicion that they locked the employees in the factory, police said. The pair could face murder and other charges, a police spokesman said. A fire broke out in the small brick building in Lenasia late Friday, causing an explosion when it spread to gas containers.