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California Janitors Win $2.3M Unpaid Wages Class Action Settlement

This is a settlement for the Employment lawsuit.

Los Angeles, CA: Ross Stores has reached a $2.3M settlement in an employment class action lawsuit brought by workers cleaning the retailer' discount stores in California.

According to the terms of the deal, which the proposed class of janitors requested approval of, $1 million will be set aside for 2,000 janitors who cleaned Ross' retail stores and were hired by janitorial contractor USM Inc. through smaller subcontractors.

The employment class action lawsuit was filed in September 2013, by janitors whose employers had been subcontracted to clean Ross stores by USM, alleging violations of California labor law under Labor Code Section 2810, which makes it illegal for companies to enter into janitorial contracts when they "know or should know"that the agreements don't include enough funds to comply with state and federal laws. Many of the local businesses that USM had subcontracted relied on low-wage or immigrant labor, according to the complaint.

In addition to the monetary aspect of the settlement, Ross and USM have agreed to implement policies meant to prevent minimum-wage law violations in part through closer monitoring of USM' subcontractors.

The case is Vasquez et al. v. USM Inc. et al., case number 3:13-cv-05449, in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California.

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Published on Feb-13-15


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We would like to speak with someone about USM inc, and filing a class action . ... we need someone to get in touch with us.

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Nohemi Perez fui empleada de Martin Martinez en los años 2009 a 2012 trabaje en las tiendas Ross de Alvarado y weswood apenas me entere de la demanda colectiva y me contacte con la oficina y me dijeron que todavía podía entrar.


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