State regulators reach plea deal against LA company in wage theft investigation
COMMERCE, Calif. (KABC) — On Monday, more than $200,000 in restitution checks were given to janitors after a six-year investigation into stolen wages when state regulators reached a plea deal with Pacific Commercial Company (PCC).
“As workers, we come here to earn a living. My message to all workers is not to stay silent and speak up. Together we have the power to bring about change and put fear aside so that other employers don’t mistreat us,” Edith said. Lopez, a former employee.
Several state regulators handled the investigation. They discovered that Los Angeles-based janitorial firm Pacific Commercial Company had underreported its payroll trying to avoid paying millions in workers’ compensation insurance premiums and payroll taxes.
“PCC never paid me over time. They cheated a lot with the checks,” Lopez said.
The investigation began when a janitorial watchdog group called the Maintenance Cooperation Trust Fund reported the CCP wage theft to state regulators. Now, thanks to a plea deal reached, 18 workers have received restitution checks.
ABC7 contacted PCC for comment, but did not hear back.
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