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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.
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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.
BUSINESS
November 17, 2004 | Alex Pham, Times Staff Writer
Carnations and lilies were the final indignity. The bouquet, which arrived at her door on a sunny Saturday in September, were from her fiance, a video game programmer who was working his eighth consecutive 72-hour week. Far from being flattered, the woman poured out her anger and frustration in a 2,000-word essay that she posted on the Internet under the pseudonym "ea_spouse."
BUSINESS
September 18, 2004 | Debora Vrana, Times Staff Writer
A former Homestore Inc. employee filed suit Friday against the Westlake Village firm, alleging that she and other workers were improperly classified as managers so the company could avoid paying them overtime. Elizabeth Hathaway, 45, was an account executive at Homestore, the Internet's largest provider of real estate listings.
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.
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.
BUSINESS
December 20, 2002 | From Bloomberg News
Wal-Mart Stores Inc. managers in Oregon violated state and federal wage laws by forcing employees of the world's largest retailer to work unpaid hours to avoid overtime, an Oregon jury concluded Thursday. A federal court jury in Portland found that the company engaged in a pattern of prodding managers to hold down costs by using off-the-clock work to ensure tasks were completed. More than 400 Oregon Wal-Mart employees are seeking damages as part of the class-action lawsuit.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 18, 2002 | K. Connie Kang, Times Staff Writer
Seven years after 71 Thai workers were freed from virtual slavery in an El Monte sweatshop, they now have permission to live permanently in the United States. The workers, who were allowed to remain here after trial proceedings on special visas provided to witnesses whose testimony could endanger their lives, were notified by the Immigration and Naturalization Service of their new legal status -- much-awaited news that made some shout for joy.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 21, 2002 | ANNA GORMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Los Angeles County district attorney's office has filed tax fraud and grand theft charges against three Palmdale janitorial companies and their top officials for underpaying workers and failing to pay taxes and unemployment insurance. The companies failed to pay at least $900,000 in taxes and insurance premiums to the state, prosecutors said. They said the alleged fraud went back as far as 1997.
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