Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Illegal Beaners Carwash Workers file class action against L.A.-area owners

Workers allege that overtime pay was withheld and breaks were denied at carwashes in Venice, Santa Monica and Lakewood in addition to low customer tips
Only in America can illegal beaners file a lawsuit about not being treated fairly at their illegally held job!

Four undocumented carwash workers filed suit Monday claiming that a family of carwash owners routinely withheld pay for overtime and denied them breaks during the summer.

The lawsuit is one of a series filed on behalf of carwash workers since 2008 in an attempt by unions and immigrant advocates to improve conditions in an industry in which competition is fierce, profit margins are low and workers are often undocumented immigrants from Mexico and Central America.

A Times report on the industry found it rife with nonpayment of overtime, false pay records and other abuses.

The Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund filed the lawsuit in L.A. County Superior Court on behalf of four workers at carwashes owned by Bijan, Edna and Kambiz Damavandi. The class action suit alleges that they forced employees to arrive for work early but only clock in when there were enough cars to wash.

According to the lawsuit, the family owns three carwashes: Lincoln Millennium Car Wash, at 2454 Lincoln Blvd. in Venice; Santa Monica Car Wash, at 2510 Pico Blvd. in Santa Monica; and Bumble Bee Car Wash, at 2711 Del Amo Blvd. in Lakewood.

At a press conference outside Santa Monica Car Wash, plaintiffs contended the Damavandi family did not allow workers proper breaks for water and lunch.

"They'd often insult you to get you to work faster," said Marcial Hernandez, who worked at Lincoln Millennium Car Wash for eight years before quitting. Hernandez said he often worked 50 hours a week and was paid for 40.

Victor Viramontes, a MALDEF attorney, said he expected past and present Damavandi employees to be included in the suit and that there would be more than 100 parties. Damages sought for unpaid wages could run "into the seven figures," he said.

A manager of the Santa Monica Car Wash, identified as a son of the owners but who declined to give his name, said he would have no comment.

The lawsuit comes as efforts to improve working conditions for carwash workers seem to be gaining momentum.

In January, Atty. Gen. Kamala D. Harris announced a $1-million settlement of a lawsuit in favor of workers at eight carwashes across the state. Owners at the carwashes in Northern and Southern California were alleged to have not paid overtime, falsified payment records, and denied workers rest and meal breaks.

In October, more than 30 carwash workers won a union contract from Bonus Car Wash, at 2800 Lincoln Blvd. in Santa Monica.

At Monday's news conference, Maria Elena Durazo, executive secretary of the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor, urged carwash customers to patronize Bonus, "the nation's first union car wash."

So far, the campaign to help the "carwasheros" appears to have gained strongest support among liberal groups on the Westside. At the press conference, workers and their MALDEF attorneys were joined by clergy, unions and area political leaders.

"We're not just fighting for workers' rights," said Oscar de la Torre, a Santa Monica Malibu Unified School District board member. "We're fighting for the families they support. We can't support industries that perpetuate poverty and poverty wages."

16 comments:

Anonymous said...

Good,if these assholes would not hire illegal scum they wouldn't come here.

Anonymous said...

i Am sure they are at least paying their fair share of Income taxes right? When are people going to wake up .

Anonymous said...

NEW CAR WASH PRICING ALERT.

Car washing as a skilled trade?

Car washeros?

Anonymous said...

For a white person working at a carwash would be a job of last resort. For colored person it is skilled labor.

Anonymous said...

where is ICE ?

Anonymous said...

Maybe it is needed to influence companies into not hiring these undocumented assholes. Hire some kids looking for summer work. It has become difficult for young students looking for part time work because of these assholes.

Anonymous said...

At least they work! Unlike dukie.

Anonymous said...

Aunt Bea lived off of "Black Tips" for years and never complained.

Anonymous said...

Getting to work early and clocking in when there's cars to wash: Ummm, sounds like "You start at 10AM, so get here before then and be ready to work when the cars arrive."

Who the fuck would let them punch in BEFORE they have work to do? Who CARES when they actually got there?

I have a better one for them - see if they like this: "Punch in when you're working. Punch out when you're not. No cars. No pay." Or how about "piece work" - you clean a car, you get $x. No cars? No pay.

Underpaid for 8 years so he's quitting? Yeah. That's a member of the brain trust right there - no way you could replace that frigging idiot.

When will these assholes realize that they are UNSKILLED LABORERS so they get paid minimum wage and get to do the shit jobs? Don't like it? Get an education. Figure it out. But stop whining about needing more money - what you do ISN'T WORTH MORE MONEY. Unionizing is bullshit too - if I had a car wash and a union wanted to come in, I'd fire everyone - change the name and re-open the next day "under new management". What's the union do to make higher salaries worth it for the employer? Work more effectively and efficiently? Doubtful. They wipe filth off cars. They clean interiors. Big deal. $8.25/hr. Oh, you didn't get a tip? Big deal.

Anonymous said...

Time for the infamous DSLC BEANER CANNON!!

Anonymous said...

And now that the authorities know that these Mexicans are illegal beaners, they should deport these frijoleros back to their barn alongside their mule in MexĂ­co lindo y queriedo.

Anonymous said...

please spay and neuter your Mexicans..

I Voted For Obama said...

Oscar de la Torre voted for Obama, then told him that he can't support a government that perpetuates poverty.

Anonymous said...

We Wash on Halsted near Cermak: Blacks NEVER leave a tip for the workers who are GREAT by the way. Maybe because they are Hispanic? I I have been a regular for 3 years at this location and NEVER seen them tip.Would love to get security cam footage from the owner and count up the NO TIPPERS.

Anonymous said...

Get some young bitches in bikinis to wash rides and other apparatus.

Anonymous said...

LMAO, so typical of the dirty , stinking Beaners! !! It took 8 years for that dip shit to realize he was getting screwed??? What a Pendejo! !!!