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Garment Contractor to Pay Over $100,000 In Back Wages

An investigation by the US Department of Labor forced Final Touch Laundries Inc. to pay $103,904 in back wages to 64 employees who missed several payrolls. The investigation was part of an on-going enforcement attempt in the garment industry by the Wages and Hours Division of the department, according to a statement from the federal agency.

Investigators found the garment contractor violated the Fair Labor Standards Act’s (FLSA) minimum wage and federal overtime requirements. Additionally, the employer is cited for violating an FLSA requirement of proper management of time and payroll records, according to the labor department.

“All workers who put in an honest day’s work are entitled to an honest day’s pay,” stated Priscilla Garcia, director of the Wage and Hour Division’s West Covina District Office, which conducted the investigation. “Low-wage workers, such as those employed at garment shops throughout Southern California, are particularly vulnerable. We will not tolerate employers defaulting on their obligations to pay employees.”

Until the violations are resolved, the department of labor has prohibited the shipping of goods produced in the time frame of the violations. Final Touch Laundries Inc. has agreed to pay the back wages in full and to comply with FLSA’s requirements in the future. To aid employees receiving the back wages, the department is offering a mobile timesheet application available in English and Spanish that allows employees to independently track the hours and wages owed. It is available as a free download at http://www.dol.gov/dol/apps.