SAN CARLOS -- A state labor commission has ordered a San Carlos maid service to pay nearly $400,000 as restitution for not paying its employees for all hours worked and denying breaks.
An investigation announced Monday by California Labor Commissioner Julie A. Su of the state's Department of Industrial Relations found that over a three-year period, Sunflowers Maid Service paid 18 workers for eight hours when they worked 10 and would not allow meal or rest breaks.
The San Carlos-based company was ordered to pay $394,944 in unpaid wages and premiums back to the employees, according to Su. Also, the company was ordered to hire back three workers fired for cooperating with the state's investigation and pay them each $6,200 for lost wages.
The investigation was prompted by an anonymous complaint covered overtime, meal and rest break violations over a three-year period ending in July 2013. A call late Monday to the company owned by Daniel Chopoff and Ana Garcia was not immediately returned.
"We applaud the worker who came forward to report these violations," Su said in a statement. "This is an example of how one worker can make a significant difference in bringing to light unacceptable working conditions and get results."
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