LABOR WOES IN LOS ANGELES
WASHINGTON — Only one in three garment manufacturing shops in the Los Angeles area were in compliance with federal labor laws governing minimum wage and overtime in Los Angeles in 2000, the most recent U.S. Department of Labor survey.
The survey was based on investigations of 67 garment firms. Its findings indicated a step backward in industry compliance since the 1998 survey. The findings at the time prompted government officials to question the effectiveness of manufacturers monitoring the compliance at their contract shops.
Among the key findings:
Nearly $900,000 in minimum wage and overtime back wages were due to more than 1,400 employees over two years.
Overall level of compliance was 33 percent. In 1994, the rate was 22 percent, and in 1996 and 1998 the rate stood at 39 percent.
The compliance rate of shops subject to a thorough monitoring program was 44 percent.
Three child labor violations were found.
Five homework violations were uncovered.