Oct. 2nd, 2013
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CLEAN CARWASH CAMPAIGN COMMENDS THE EFFORTS OF THE LABOR COMMISSIONER TO ENFORCE THE RIGHTS OF CARWASH WORKERS AND PROTECT SOME OF THE CITY’S MOST VULNERABLE WORKERS
Los Angeles, California – The Division of Labor Standards Enforcement (DLSE) has issued a citation for wages owed and additional penalties against Aztec Auto Detailing following an investigation by the DLSE’s Bureau of Field Enforcement. Workers have also filed wage claims for a total of $66,474.44 with the Labor Commissioner alleging that their tips were stolen by management. Aztec Auto detailing is located in the underground parking garage of the Century Tower Plaza 2029 Century Park E in Century City.
Rosendo Chay has worked at the carwash for five years. He stated, “We have tried to address these issues with the owner of the carwash and CBRE building management and they both refused to meet with us. It feels good to know that we have proof that we were right in speaking up about our working conditions.”
Neidi Dominguez of the CLEAN Carwash Campaign stated that “Mr. Marquez and CBRE refuse to listen to car wash workers and an entire community that supports their efforts for bettering their workplace. We want J.P. Morgan, the owner of the Century Tower Plaza, to hold Marquez accountable, if they don’t they are sending a clear message that they are fine with harboring a business owner that is blatantly instituting unlawful labor policies and practices that ultimately hurt workers.”
The CLEAN Carwash Campaign commends the DLSE for their continuing effort to address wage theft, which is rampant in the carwash industry.
The Community Labor Environmental Action Network (CLEAN) Carwash Campaign, a network of labor and community groups devoted to cleaning up the injustice that is prevalent in the carwash industry, applauds the efforts of the DLSE to protect some of the most vulnerable workers in their city. At a time when Californians continue to witness horrendous acts of wage theft from carwash and other immigrant workers, it is important for state agencies to take a firm stand to enforce workplace rights. Today, DLSE sent a clear message to business owners who exploit their employees and fail to follow wage and hour laws – these are serious violations and employers will be held accountable.
The Century Tower Plaza, one of the most prestigious office buildings in Century City, is Owned by J.P. Morgan Chase. The buildings house many well-known tenants such as Creative Artist Agency (CAA), a talent agency which represents celebrity clients like Tom Cruise, Miley Cyrus, and David Beckham[AS4] . According to an L.A. Times 2013 article, J.P. Morgan asks for rents of $3.45 to $4.25 a square foot a month. It is surprising that J.P. Morgan Chase would allow such a business like Aztec Auto Detailing to continually treat its workers with such disrespect. Workers from Aztec Auto Detailing began their efforts to better their working conditions in May of 2012. They have approached car wash owner Juan Marquez and CBRE, Century Tower Plaza’s building management, numerous times regarding their working conditions only to be ignored by both. The Carwash Worker Organizing Carwash Committee of the United Steel Workers recently filed several unfair labor practice charges with the National Labor Relations Board against Aztec Auto Detailing alleging that car wash management unfairly terminated a worker for exercising his rights, threatened employees with retaliation , and unlawfully interrogated workers.