XOXO PAYS EMPLOYEES BACK WAGES

LOS ANGELES — The U.S. Department of Labor said last week that XOXO paid an additional $17,433 in back wages in January to 23 employees who worked for Martinez & Sons Sportswear, a contract shop that was used by the Los Angeles-based manufacturer. Last December, XOXO paid $62,000 to 12 employees of the contract shop to settle a federal lawsuit, brought forward by the Asian Pacific American Legal Center and the Legal Aid Foundation, that claimed workers were not paid wages for a period of six weeks. Those 12 employees opted out of the Department of Labor’s case.
The DOL said that, as part of its case, XOXO signed a consent judgment with the U.S. District Court in Los Angeles, stating the manufacturer will not ship or sell any goods made by contractors that violate wage laws.