West Coast Customs Fined for Unpaid Wages

May 9, 2014

The company and its owner, Ryan Friedlinghaus, have agreed to a settlement with the U.S. Department of Labor to pay $157,592 in back wages to 45 employees and an additional $16,830 in civil penalties, according to a statement from the agency released on April 23, the newspaper reported.

A wage and hour investigation by the labor department’s West Covina, Calif., office found that West Coast Customs paid weekly salaries with set amounts to its employees despite the fact that the workers should have been paid on an hourly basis and were eligible for overtime wages.

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