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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.
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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.
BUSINESS
November 22, 2000 | MARLA DICKERSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
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.
NEWS
November 21, 2000 | From Times Wire Reports
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.
NEWS
November 21, 2000 | From Times Wire Reports
China will sentence a U.S.-based Falun Gong member on charges of "spying for a foreign organization" this week, the Information Center for Human Rights and Democracy said. Teng Chunyan, 37, was arrested in March after gathering information on China's persecution of members of the banned spiritual movement, the center said, adding that she could be sentenced to 10 years or more.
NEWS
September 13, 2000 | From Associated Press
China allowed U.S. Customs agents to inspect a factory suspected of using prisoners to make goods for export, the first such visit permitted in three years, diplomats said Tuesday. The U.S. Embassy declined comment on Friday's inspection, but a Western diplomat who spoke on condition of anonymity said inspectors who visited the Dezhou Machine Works factory in eastern Shandong province found no sign that U.S.-bound exports were being made there. U.S.
NEWS
September 1, 2000 | JOE MOZINGO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A measure aimed at cleaning up labor and living conditions at California's horse-racing tracks passed the Legislature on Thursday--a day after labor inspectors looking for such problems say they were rebuffed at a track two miles from the state Capitol. The bill (AB 2760) passed the Assembly on Thursday, 56 to 6, after having cleared the Senate on Wednesday, 38 to 1. It now heads to the governor's desk.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 26, 2000 | JOE MOZINGO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
California labor authorities say some key thoroughbred trainers are thwarting an ongoing investigation into possible overtime and minimum wage violations at California's racetracks by collectively refusing to turn over payroll records. Labor inspectors this summer launched surprise sweeps in the stable areas of five major racetracks, including one at Del Mar in San Diego County last week, to see if low-wage workers who take care of the racehorses are getting paid properly.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 14, 2000 | JOE MOZINGO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Reversing field, the horse racing industry is mounting an attack against legislation to clean up poor labor and housing conditions for workers who take care of racehorses throughout California. After initially expressing support for some of the bill's provisions, the often fractious groups that make up the billion-dollar industry have united and begun lobbying against an Assembly bill scheduled to be heard in the Senate Appropriations Committee today.
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