CA assisted living operator owes $443,460 for wage, overtime violations, state says

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The operator of five assisted living facilities in California has been cited for multiple wage theft violations totaling $443,460, according to California Labor Commissioner Julie A. Su.

TJ Homes Corp. was ordered to pay $369,110 to 22 caregivers who did not receive minimum wage or overtime as required by law, he said. The operator also will pay damages and civil penalties related to the violations, Su added. The company owns and operates several Evergreen Guest Homes in San Jose.

The labor commissioner's office received a complaint about the company in April 2015. A subsequent investigation, Su said, found that:

  • Workers were not paid overtime, despite working up to 12 hours a day.
  • Workers were required to cover night shifts at no pay.
  • Workers were paid less than San Jose's minimum wage of $10.30 per hour.
  • Workers' pay stubs were missing information such as their hourly rate of pay, total regular hours worked and number of overtime hours worked.
  • Workers who quit or were fired did not receive their final paychecks as required.

TJ Homes Corp. will pay the workers $192,050 in lost wages, $150,200 for liquidated damages, $26,855 in interest and waiting-time penalties, and $74,355 in civil penalties for not providing the workers with itemized wage statements with their paychecks as well as for minimum wage and overtime violations.

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