SAN JOSE, California, March 28, 2016 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ -- California Labor Commissioner Julie A. Su has cited the operator of five adult care facilities in San Jose for multiple wage theft violations totaling $443,460. TJ Homes Corporation was ordered to pay $369,110 to 22 caregivers following an investigation that revealed the workers did not receive minimum wage or overtime as required by law.
"These caregivers, who were cheated of their wages by their employer, will now be paid their lost wages," said Labor Commissioner Julie A. Su. "TJ Homes Corporation also will pay liquidated damages and civil penalties for shortchanging their workers on minimum wage and overtime, making it clear that violating wage and hour laws is much more expensive than paying employees what they are owed."
The Labor Commissioner's Office opened its investigation after receiving a complaint last April. A review of TJ Homes' records found that:
- Workers were not paid overtime, despite working up to 12 hours a day.
- Workers were required to cover night shifts at no pay.
- Workers were paid less than San Jose's minimum wage of $10.30 per hour.
- Workers' pay stubs were missing vital information such as hourly rate of pay, total regular hours worked and number of overtime hours worked.
- Workers who quit or were fired did not receive their final pay as required.
TJ Homes Corporation must pay the workers $192,050 in lost wages, $150,200 for liquidated damages, and $26,855 in interest and waiting time penalties. In addition, $74,355 in civil penalties is owed for failing to provide the workers itemized wage statements with their paychecks as well as minimum wage and overtime violations. The civil penalties collected will be transferred to the State's General Fund as required by law.
The company owns and operates Evergreen Guest Home #1 on Haga Drive, Evergreen Guest Home #2 and #4 on McLaughlin Avenue, Evergreen Guest Home #3 on Bendmill Way and Lindstrom Arf on Lindstrom Court.
When workers are paid less than minimum wage they are entitled to liquidated damages which equal the amount of underpaid wages plus interest. Waiting time penalties are imposed when the employer fails to provide workers their final paycheck after separation. This penalty is calculated by taking the employee's daily rate of pay and multiplying it by the number of days the employee was not paid, up to a maximum of 30 days.
The Wage Theft is a Crime public awareness campaign, launched in 2014 by the Department of Industrial Relations (DIR) and its Labor Commissioner's Office, has helped inform workers of their rights and employers of their responsibilities. The campaign includes multilingual print and outdoor advertising as well as radio commercials in Spanish, Chinese, Vietnamese, Hmong and Tagalog.
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SOURCE California Department of Industrial Relations, California Labor Commissioner