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State Cites 28 Local Auto Body Shops

State labor investigators issued 41 citations for violations by 28 San Diego auto body businesses April 15.

The violations carry a total of $226,000 in fines, and temporary suspension of operations, according to a statement issued by the state’s Department of Industrial Relations.

A sweep conducted April 9 and 10 uncovered violations such as employing people younger than 18 years old without proper permits at one shop; failure to pay overtime wages at four shops; failure to pay minimum wage at two shops; failure to keep records and post labor notices at 16 shops; and failure to maintain workers’ compensation insurance at 18 shops. More than one shop was cited for multiple violations.

The state’s Economic Employment Enforcement Coalition, a multi-agency task force established in 2005, issued stop work orders and sent home the affected employees until the businesses correct the problems, according to the DIR report.

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The EEEC is targeting the garment, agriculture, construction, pallet, auto body, carwash and restaurant industries, all of which have been identified as having a high incidence of workplace violations and lack of regulatory compliance, the DIR said.

, Mike Allen

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