Los Angeles City Lawyer Accused The Car Washes In City Of Systemic Labor Violations And Charges 3 Me-9c8950

Business A lot of unscrupulous owners and managers have built a work environment that borders on indentured servitude, the city attorney, Rocky Delgadillo, said. That is unacceptable and will not be tolerated in Los Angeles. The .plaint, filed in Superior Court, charges two brothers, Benny and Nissan Pirian, who own the 4 carwashes in the city and 2 more in Los Angeles County, with refusing to pay $450,000 in wages over 5 years. They could face more than 80 years in jail and $136,000 in fines. After some workers attempted to form a union and filed a class-action lawsuit in May, a manager at the Pirian-owned Vermont Hand Wash in Los Feliz, Manuel Reyes, brought out a machete and held rounds of ammunition in his hand to scare workers into silence, prosecutors said. Bosbely Reyna, 26, a prior washer at Vermont who said he was abused there, said he and two other employees were fired last year after attempting to organize a union. Nearly 40 employees, listed as John and Jane Does in the criminal .plaint, said they were paid a flat rate of $35 to $40 for working in excess of eight hours a day with as short as 15 minutes a day for lunch. They did not receive medical assistance for lacerations and acid burns caused by the machinery and chemicals they used, and the only free drinking water available to them was from a spout used to clean dirty rags, said Deputy City Attorney Julia Figueira-McDonough, who worked with federal labor officials on a five-month investigation of the Pirian familys operations in Hollywood and Los Feliz. Benny Pirian, reached by phone, refused to to say anything about the charges. Mr. Reyna said that friends working at other car washes in the city .plained of the same grueling hours and intimidation. There was horrible treatment, he said as his attorney translated. They menaced workers. They cut my hours and gave us unjust warnings against speaking out. The director of the Clean Car wash Campaign, Henry Huerta, said car washes across the city were guilty of abuse, naming them sweatshops operating in plain site. On Tuesday, Mr. Reyes leaned against a metal column at the Vermont Hand Wash and listened to Mr. Delgadillo announce the citys lawsuit across the street. When a reporter walked up to a woman waiting for her car to be cleaned, Mr. Reyes stood close by. He declined to talk about the charges against him, but shook his head as if to say no when he was questioned whether or not they were true. They can .e here all the time, Mr. Reyes said, gesturing toward labor .anizers holding orange signs and wearing hard hats on the other side of the street. We dont care. When asked if he supported his workers attempts to unionize, Mr. Reyes said no. About the Author: – – – – – – – – – – 相关的主题文章: