Bangladeshi Sikder Family sued by state for $6.6 million for allegedly exploiting workers
অক্টোবর 23, 2010 মন্তব্য দিন
Sikder Family sued by state for $6.6 million for allegedly exploiting workers
The Sikder family, owners behind Koi restaurant here in West Hollywood but with other locations in New York, Las Vegas and Bangkok, apparently also own a string of car wash businesses around town. Claims Journal reports that after a five month investigation the family is being sued over worker exploitation at the car washes, the works were denied “minimum wage and overtime, failed to pay wages owed to those who quit or were terminated, denied rest and meal breaks, and created false records of time worked…Additionally, the car washes required employees to report to work hours early and be available, unpaid, until business picked up. When workers were paid, many received paychecks that could not be cashed because of insufficient company funds.” The $6.6 million lawsuit calls out car wash businesses in Fair Oaks, Folsom, Irvine, Laguna Hills, Laguna Niguel, Santa Monica, San Ramon and Venice, if this is what’s going down at their car wash businesses, who knows what happening at Koi.
The eight car washes named in the lawsuit are:
- Bonus Car Wash located at 2800 Lincoln Blvd. in Santa Monica
- Crown Valley Car Wash located at 25991 Crown Valley Parkway in Laguna Niguel
- Gold Rush Auto Spa located at 7620 Folsom-Auburn Blvd. in Folsom
- Gold Rush Auto Spa II located at 4350 Sunrise Blvd. in Fair Oaks
- Laguna Hills Union 76 Station [Car Wash] located at 24795 Alicia Parkway in Laguna Hills
- Marina Car Wash located at 2305 Lincoln Blvd. in Venice
- Sponges Car Wash located at 2061 Camino Ramon in San Ramon
- Wash & Go Hand Wash (also known as Wash & Go Hand Carwash Corp and Irvine Auto Spa) located at 3080 Main St. in Irvine
The lawsuit follows another suit filed late last year by the Attorney General against Los Angeles-based Auto Spa Express Car Wash, which forced employees to work nearly 60-hour weeks without overtime, ignored minimum wage laws, and denied injured employees’ their workers’ compensation benefits.
California’s 1,500 car washes employ a total of 28,000 workers per month, according to recent California Employment Development Department figures. One third of these car washes are unlicensed, according to a 2008 report by the state Labor Commissioner, and have not posted a bond to ensure payment of wages, as required by law.