U.S. labor secretary alleges Los Angeles companies failed to pay overtime wages

By Noddy A. Fernandez | May 14, 2018

LOS ANGELES – Two Los Angeles recycling centers are alleged to have failed to pay their employees overtime wages.

U.S. Labor Secretary R. Alexander Acosta filed a complaint on April 30 in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California against Castle Recycling Corp. doing business as Venus Recycling; Adrian Barba Ramierz, individually and doing business as Star Recycling; and Ivan Santos Molina over alleged violations of the Fair Labor Standard Act.

According to the complaint, the plaintiff alleges that since Oct. 27, 2014, the defendants required their employees to work six days a week for up to nine hours a day. The suit states the defendants paid most of their employees a daily rate of $80 or $85 per day with no overtime compensation for hours worked in excess of 40 hours per week. 

The plaintiff holds the defendants responsible because the defendants allegedly failed to maintain, keep and preserve accurate records of the hours worked by their employees and other conditions and practices of employment maintained and allegedly violated the FLSA.

The plaintiff requests a trial by jury and seeks to award costs of action and provide such further legal and equitable relief as may be deemed appropriate. He is represented by Kate O'Scannlain, Janet Herold, Daniel Chasek, Andrew Schultz and Nisha Parekh of United States Department of Labor in Los Angeles.

U.S. District Court for the Central District of California case number 2:18-cv-03630-SJO-JPR

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