California labor laws exist in part to protect employers and employees from unfair and unsafe labor practices. Included in these laws are rules and regulations that govern the workplace policies for companies in the garment industry. Six California companies were recently cited and fined for labor law violations, including failure to provide workers' compensation coverage for their employees.
The California Labor Commissioner's Office fined the six Los Angeles garment manufacturers over $500,000 for operating under an illegal license. Reportedly, many of the employees worked more than 65 hours a week and received less than minimum wage. There were also children who were operating machinery in violation of child labor laws.
The investigation found that the manufacturing license was held by one individual and that he would charge each company a fee to use the license. The Labor Commissioner's office ordered the companies to stop working. They were cited for wage violations and failure to provide workers' compensation insurance. The companies are also under investigation for wage theft.
A person in California who believes one's company is operating in violation of existing labor laws may wish to seek the counsel of an experienced workers' compensation attorney. All companies are required to carry workers' compensation insurance. If a person has been denied coverage for a work related injury or illness, an experienced lawyer can review the circumstances of a person's situation and can offer advice as to what legal options are available. No one should have to fear for one's safety in the workplace.