Orange County Recycler to Pay Workers $200K in Back Wages, Penalties

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U.S. Department of Labor | March 10, 2016
Orange County recycler to pay workers $200K in back wages, penalties
Employers: Garcia Recycling Center & Metals, Inc.

Sites: 631 S. Main St., Santa Ana, California
2429 W. McFadden Ave., Santa Ana, California
13862 Seaboard Circle, Garden Grove, California

Investigation findings: Investigators with the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division found that Garcia Recycling Center & Metals paid employees at its recycling centers flat salaries, in cash, regardless of the number of hours employees worked, resulting in an overtime violation when employees worked more than 40 hours in a work week. The company also failed to keep records of hours worked and of cash payments made to workers, all violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act. Resolution: The company will pay $100,189 in back pay and an equal, additional amount in damages, totaling $200,378, to 15 employees.