By  on December 13, 2012

LOS ANGELES — A sweep of a building in the Los Angeles Fashion District by federal and state labor officials turned up labor violations at 10 garment contractors making goods for more than 30 retailers nationwide.

According to information released Thursday by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division and the California Division of Labor Standards Enforcement, during the sweep investigators discovered workers being paid by the piece, rather than the $8 an hour state minimum wage or the $7.25 hourly federal one, and no overtime wages. The findings resulted in apparel manufacturers and contractors paying $326,200 to cover the back wages of 185 employees.

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