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Two cleaning contractors ordered to pay millions in unpaid wages

May 28, 2014

LOS ANGELES, CA — Two janitorial companies are facing fines totaling more than $1.75 million after intentionally misclassifying more than 50 workers as independent contractors, according to EIN News.

NLP Janitorial Inc. and Coast to Coast West Inc. were accused of "employee misclassification, failing to provide meal or rest breaks, failing to pay minimum wage and overtime wages, as well as neglecting to provide itemized wage statements," the article stated.

"It is important that those who hire contractors to perform work such as janitorial services be vigilant so that illicit contractors do not get the work in the first place," said Labor Commissioner Julie A. Su in a press release.

"We want to prevent violations from occurring and create a culture of compliance throughout California, and this requires diligence and commitment from those who make the decisions about who they engage as contractors," Su added.

"I cannot stress enough to workers that they should always verify the legality of their employment status. If your employer is classifying you as an independent contractor, please ensure that you are correctly being classified by reading up on employment laws surrounding employee classification or by speaking to a wage and hour lawyer," said LA wage and hour attorney Eric Grover.

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