Photo: MALDEF to announce lawsuit against car washes in California
MALDEF will hold a press conference on Monday May 21, 2012 to announce details of a class action lawsuit against multiple southern California car washes. The car washes have maintained unlawful labor policies and practices resulting in thousands of hours of free labor at each car wash and a work environment depriving workers of their right to be paid, MALDEF is alleging.
Workers were also forbade legally required meal breaks and rest breaks without compensation; and consistently provided inaccurate statements of work.
The CLEAN Carwash Campaign, a coalition of nonprofit organizations dedicated to ensuring that car washes are held accountable for their routine labor violations, investigated these violations.
According to UCLA’s Institute for Research on Labor and Employment, these employers are depriving low-wage workers of an estimated $26 million in wages every week.