DOL Says Some of California’s Most Known Fashion Retailers Bought Goods from Companies’ Engaging in Sweatshop Practices – Los Angeles Wage & Hour Claims Attorneys Blumenthal, Nordrehaug & Bhowmik

by Norman B. Blumenthal on February 8, 2013

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has accused some of California’s most known fashion retailers of buying their goods from companies that engaged in sweatshop practices.  According to the DOL, 10 garment contractors - Apple Style Inc., ID Fashion Inc., Dan Ji Collection Inc., J & S Clothing Inc., Nagoya Inc., Galilee Fashion LLC, Ambos Inc., Joy Always, Sarri Fashion Inc., and Cui Sewing Inc. - who worked in a single building at 830 S. Hill St. in the Los Angeles Garment District, committed widespread violations of the Fair Labor Standard Act.  Some of the fashion retailers that bought goods from these garment contractors include Urban Outfitters, Forever 21, HSN, Wet Seal, Aldo, Burlington Coat Factory, Charlotte Russe, Dillard's Ross, TJ Maxx and Marshall's.

According to the DOL’s investigation, worked in congruence with the California Division of Labor Standards Enforcement, the 10 garment contractors paid many of their employees a piece rate which amounted to less than $6.50 per hour -- well below the federal minimum wage of $7.25 per hour and the California minimum wage of $8 per hour.  Additionally, no employee was paid overtime pay for hours worked over 40 per week.

Since the investigation, almost 200 affected employees have now been paid over $325 thousand in back wages and overtime pay.

If you work in the garment industry and have not been adequately paid a minimum wage or overtime pay, call an experienced Los Angeles labor attorney today at Blumenthal, Nordrehaug & Bhowmik at (310) 981-3918.  Blumenthal, Nordrehaug & Bhowmik is a California employment law firm with offices located in San Diego, San Francisco and Los Angeles. The firm dedicates its practice to contingency fee employment law work for issues involving misclassification as a salaried worker exempt from overtime, failure to pay vacation wages, misclassification as an independent contractor, off-the-clock work, wrongful termination, discrimination and other California labor laws.

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