CA Labor Commissioner Sues Fresno Car Wash Company for Wage Theft--Lawsuit seeks $279K in Unpaid Wages

March 13, 2013

In a previous Irvine, California wage and hour blog, Vincent Howard discussed two separate lawsuits that California Labor Commissioner Julie A. Su filed in Los Angeles, California against three carwash businesses--for wage and hour violations that included failing to compensate car wash workers with proper minimum wage and overtime. Based on Labor Commissioner Su's investigation, last month, a criminal complaint was filed by the Santa Monica City Attorney's Office against one of these car wash companies, for wage theft, and conspiring to cheat employees out of their hard earned wages.

This week Su launched another wage and hour lawsuit against a California car wash owner based in Fresno, who is also being accused of engaging in multiple labor law violations--by failing to compensate employees with minimum wage and overtime payment.

According to the Labor Commissioner's investigation, Manbir S. Walia, the owner of White Glove Car Wash willfully violated labor laws by failing to pay his employees proper wages and overtime compensation. The lawsuit seeks over $279,000 in back wages, damages and penalties, affecting thirty-three employees at White Glove Car Wash.

The White Glove employees were reportedly paid on an hourly basis, and were instructed to report in the morning to the car wash for work--but according to the lawsuit, were not permitted to clock in until approved to do so by a supervisor. The investigation found that many workers were made to wait as much as several hours before they could clock into work, resulting in the erroneous payment of workers. Many employees who worked an eight-hour day, were only paid for four hours.

As Vincent Howard regularly discusses, the federal minimum wage for hourly workers is $7.25 per hour, and the California state minimum wage is $8 per hour. Workers should receive overtime compensation of one and one half their regular rate for all hours worked beyond eight hours in a day and forty hours in a week of work.

The Division of Labor Standards Enforcement (DLSE) will prosecute the lawsuit. According to Commissioner Su, the Labor Commissioner's office continues to be committed to putting wages earned into employee's pockets, and to show employers who violate California labor laws how to treat their workers fairly by playing by the rules. Over the past several years, the Commissioner's Office has kept a careful watch on California car wash businesses, after finding willful and repeated California labor law violations.

Contact Howard Law, PC in Westminster, California for questions about your wage theft issue in the California workplace. Call Vincent Howard toll-free at 1-800-872-5925, for a free consultation about your wage and hour rights.

Fresno's White Glove Car Wash faces labor lawsuit, Fresno Bee, March 12, 2013

Fresno car wash faces suit alleging $279K in unpaid wages, The Business Journal, March 12, 2013

Related Web Resources:

The Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH)

U.S. Department of Labor: Wage and Hour Division (WHD), Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA)

Department of Labor (DOL): Wage and Hour Division (WHD)

California Department of Industrial Relations (DIR): Division of Labor Standards Enforcement (DLSE)

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