California’s labor commissioner Wednesday introduced citations totaling almost $126,000 towards a Los Angeles McDonald’s franchisee, discovering that the employer illegally fired 4 employees for reporting unsafe working situations throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Too many workers fear retaliation if they report a problem or stand up for their rights,” mentioned Labor Commissioner Lilia Garcia-Brower.
“California law has anti-retaliation protections in place that make it illegal for employers to punish workers for exercising their labor rights, such as reporting a workplace safety hazard. My office is committed to ensuring those laws are enforced.”
The 4 workers of the Marengo Street McDonald’s, operated by R&B Sanchez Inc., filed retaliation complaints with the Labor Commissioner’s Office final September.
According to the labor commissioner, the employees had suggested their employer, Cal/OSHA and the Los Angeles County Health Department about alleged unsafe work situations that they have been involved uncovered them to COVID-19 infections. They had additionally participated in strikes over security situations on the Marengo Street McDonald’s, and subsequently obtained termination letters from their employer, in accordance to Garcia-Brower.
The Labor Commissioner’s Office on Feb. 12 issued citations totaling $125,913 in wages and penalties towards the franchisee R&B Sanchez. Also named within the citations as collectively and severally liable are house owners Robert Sanchez and Beverly Sanchez, in addition to Brian Sanchez, who served because the franchisee human resources officer.
The citations embrace $45,193 in lost wages, $720 in curiosity due, and $80,000 in retaliation penalties. R&B Sanchez should reinstate the 4 employees to their jobs, take away any damaging references from their personnel recordsdata, and put up data on the citations and violations within the workplace, in accordance to the labor commissioner.