SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA CAR WASH MOGUL TO PAY $4.2 MILLION FOR CHEATING 800 WORKERS
SOURCE: THE ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER
A Southern California car wash mogul cited for cheating more than 800 workers and destroying evidence will pay $4.2 million in back wages and penalties after a two-year court battle with federal authorities.
Vahid David Delrahim, of Los Angeles, failed to pay his workers minimum wage or overtime at a dozen car washes in Orange, Los Angeles, San Bernardino and Ventura counties, according to the U.S. Department of Labor.
A consent decree approved this week by U.S. District Court Judge Fernando Olguin orders Delrahim to pay $1.9 million in back wages and another $1.9 million in damages to the workers. In addition, he is fined $400,000 in civil penalties.
“This landmark case sends a powerful message that the Department of Labor will use strong law enforcement and litigation tools to protect employees and level the playing field for law-abiding employers,” said Juan Coria, the wage and hour division’s acting regional commissioner.
According to the judgment, Delrahim ordered employees, many of them Spanish-speakers unfamiliar with U.S. labor laws, to work off the clock at the beginning of each shift and to clock out, but to remain at the car washes, when business was slow. The result: numerous hours without pay.
In other news~
The Jewish National Fund (JNF) will host its annual Tree of Life Gala at The Beverly Hills Hotel on Thursday, October 3, 2013. The event will honor local residents Orna and David Delrahim and feature comedian Joel Chasnoff as Master of Ceremonies. Cocktail reception and silent auction will begin at 5:30 pm and the program will follow at 6:30 pm.
“We are proud to be honoring Orna and David Delrahim with this year’s Tree of Life Award,” said JNF Los Angeles Executive Director Allison Krumholz. “They are truly dedicated to supporting not only the local Jewish community, but to supporting JNF and the land of Israel and its people.”