California car washes ordered to pay back wages

A group of car washes in Northern and Southern California that allegedly underpaid workers and routinely denied them breaks will pay more than $1 million in restitution for unpaid wages and civil penalties, the Los Angeles Times reported. In a statement describing the legal settlement, California officials said investigators found the car washes “routinely denied workers minimum wage and overtime, failed to pay wages owed to those who quit or were terminated, denied rest and meal breaks, and created false records of time worked.”

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