Byline: Joanna Ramey

WASHINGTON — Rampage Clothing Co., Los Angeles, has signed an agreement with the Labor Department under which the junior apparel maker will monitor its 160 contract sewing shops to insure compliance with federal wage and hour laws.
The agreement was reached after Labor investigators on several occasions found Rampage contractors who weren’t paying workers according to federal minimum wage and overtime laws. Federal and state labor investigators have been cracking down on violators in the California garment industry over the last two years.
As part of the agreement, Rampage will develop a detailed contractor-monitoring program. A spokeswoman said details still have to be worked out, but company officials are prepared to hire additional employees to implement the agreement.
“Whatever it takes to fulfill the obligation, we will be part of it. Rampage looks at this as something that is for the betterment of the industry,” the spokeswoman said. “We’re not looking at this as a negative.”
She added that Rampage was not aware that some of its contractors were not following wage and hour laws, although officials were knowledgeable that it was happening elsewhere in the industry. It could not be learned how much money in contractor back wages Labor officials required Rampage to pay as part of the agreement.
Rampage is the ninth manufacturer who has signed an agreement to monitor contractors. The others, all in California, are Guess, Z. Cavaricci, Nina Picolini, Cross Colours, Swat/Fame, Chorus Line, Rich and Me, and Sungdo International.
— Fairchild News Service