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California Labor Department – Wage Theft Claims and Judgments – April 2022

The California Department of Industrial Relations maintains a database of wage theft claims presented to the office by employees against individuals and corporations. When a wage claim is filed, the Labor Commissioner’s Office investigates the claim, and publicly posts information about the name of the organization or individual, the date of the claim, and additional information such as the type of industry.

The Labor Commissioner’s Office also lists all labor judgments for wage theft, misclassification, and other labor issues.

Below are updates for April 2022, data from a search of the government labor board databases on June 14, 2022.

If you believe you are not being paid for all of the time you have worked, are not being paid the overtime due to you or are misclassified, we invite you to schedule a consultation with an employment lawyer at Schneider Wallace Cottrell Konecky LLP. Schneider Wallace is a national law firm that represents employees in a wide range of employment law cases, including class action lawsuits involving the failure to pay wages, overtime pay and commissions. Contact us at 800-689-0024.

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California Wage Judgments, April 2022

California reported 168 judgments in April 2022, after excluding duplicates such as an owner receiving a separate judgment along with their company (duplicates defined as the same monetary judgment and defendant address, but different employer or individual name).

California Wage Judgments April 2022, By Industry

April 2022 California Wage Judgments, by Industry (minimum $50,000):

April 2022 Judgment Total, By Industry

Sum of Judgment Totals

Other Residential Care Facilities

$393,724

Construction

$290,657

Software Publishers

$246,285

Automotive Repair and Maintenance

$237,987

Outpatient Mental Health and Substance Abuse Centers

$236,730

Hotels (except Casino Hotels) and Motels

$228,885

Full-Service Restaurants

$219,362

Motion Picture and Video Industries

$117,105

Truck Transportation

$105,361

Residential Building Construction

$100,340

Vending Machine Operators

$99,523

Landscaping Services

$96,304

New Car Dealers

$81,610

Building Inspection Services

$69,881

Other Computer Related Services

$66,381

Power and Communication Line and Related Structures Construction

$65,982

California Wage Judgments April 2022, Corporate and LLC Judgments Over $25,000:

April 2022 California Wage Judgments over $25,000, corporations and LLCs:

April 2022 Judgment Total, By Industry

Judgment Total 

ThinAir Labs, Inc., a Delaware Corporation

$133,866

John Esposito Porsche Restorations, a Corporation

$130,704

D & A Detox Center, a California Corporation

$109,232

Pacific West Plumbing Co., Inc., a California Corporation

$100,340

Forte Nexus, Inc., a Delaware corporation

$80,797

ABC Landscaping & Excavation, Inc., a West Virginia Corporation

$68,062

ThinAir Labs Inc., a Delaware corporation

$66,381

NLI Holdings, LLC, a California Limited Liability Company

$52,107

Global Integrity Enterprises, a California Corporation

$50,866

MCE Logistics Inc., a California Corporation

$48,867

America Asia Media Group, Inc, a California Corporation

$48,657

Railcar Quality Services, Inc., a California Corporation

$46,951

Lux Technology Group, Inc., a California Corporation

$42,397

Vista Fox LLC, a California Limited Liability Company

$40,765

Artwear, Inc., a California Corporation

$37,076

Burnt Ends, LLC, a California Limited Liability Company

$32,499

Gomez Landscaping & Maintenance LLC, a Limited Liability Company

$31,474

Enegix L.L.C., a California limited liability company

$29,970

Five Star Transportation Inc., a California Corporation

$27,962

Texas Petroleum Inc., a California Corporation

$27,539

AJIT Healthcare, Inc., a California Corporation dba Westlake Convalescent Hospital

$27,176

Delta General Engineering PC, a California Corporation

$26,874

Rye Fox, Inc., a California Corporation

$25,163

California Wage Judgments April 2022, By Labor Office

April 2022 California Wage Judgments by Labor Office, ranked by total judgment value:

Judgment Total, by Labor Office

Judgment Totals

San Jose WCA

$874,841

Los Angeles WCA

$715,373

Sacramento WCA

$525,610

Van Nuys WCA

$400,312

Oakland WCA

$276,996

Salinas WCA

$250,370

Santa Ana WCA

$185,556

Redding WCA

$144,756

Los Angeles GARMENT

$37,076

San Bernardino WCA

$34,203

Santa Barbara WCA

$31,474

Long Beach WCA

$21,186

San Diego WCA

$18,112

Santa Rosa WCA

$16,639

San Diego BOFE

$1,500

Grand Total

$3,534,007

April 2022 California Wage Judgments, ranked by number of judgments:

Judgment Total, by Labor Office

Count of Judgments

Los Angeles WCA

47

San Jose WCA

30

Sacramento WCA

28

Santa Ana WCA

15

Oakland WCA

11

Redding WCA

10

Van Nuys WCA

8

San Bernardino WCA

5

San Diego WCA

3

Long Beach WCA

3

Salinas WCA

3

Los Angeles GARMENT

2

Santa Rosa WCA

1

San Diego BOFE

1

Santa Barbara WCA

1

Grand Total

168

Los Angeles maintains a separate garment office (Los Angeles GARMENT), as California and Southern California have the largest per capita employment in the garment industry in the United States. Garment workers frequently face issues of unpaid labor, whether it be unpaid labor worked or underpayment such as failure to pay overtime.

The Bureau of Field Enforcement (BOFE) such as the San Diego BOFE office, is responsible for investigating enforcement of laws and statues covering worker’s compensation insurance coverage, child labor, cash payments for work, and unlicensed contractors.

Most judgments are from Wage Claim Adjudication (WCA) offices, WCA offices investigate claims by workers, whether that claim be missed overtime, vacation pay, or wages.

California Wage Judgments April 2022, By Courthouse

April 2022 California Wage Judgments, by Courthouse, ranked by total judgment value:

April 2022 Judgment Total, By Industry

Sum of Judgment Totals

California Superior Court, County of Los Angeles, Stanley Mosk Courthouse

$842,558

California Superior Court, County of Santa Clara, Downtown Superior Court

$842,277

California Superior Court, County of Sacramento, Gordon D. Schaber Courthouse

$525,610

California Superior Court, County of Monterey, Monterey Courthouse

$250,370

California Superior Court, County of Los Angeles, Burbank Courthouse

$237,987

California Superior Court, County of Orange, Central Justice Center

$185,556

California Superior Court, County of Contra Costa, Wakefield Taylor Courthouse

$157,154

California Superior Court, County of Butte, North Butte County Courthouse

$139,810

California Superior Court, County of Alameda, René C. Davidson Courthouse

$107,434

California Superior Court, County of Los Angeles, Chatsworth Courthouse

$100,340

California Superior Court, County of Ventura, Hall of Justice

$31,474

California Superior Court, County of Contra Costa, Walnut Superior Court

$21,938

California Superior Court, County of San Bernardino, San Bernardino Justice Cntr

$19,911

California Superior Court, County of San Mateo, Southern Branch: Hall of Justice

$16,834

California Superior Court, County of Sonoma, Hall of Justice

$16,639

California Superior Court, County of San Diego, Hall of Justice

$11,605

California Superior Court, County of San Diego, North County

$8,007

California Superior Court, County of Riverside, Moreno Valley Courthouse

$7,355

California Superior Court, County of Alameda, Hayward Hall of Justice

$6,201

California Superior Court, County of Shasta, Main Courthouse

$4,946

Grand Total

$3,534,007

April 2022 California Wage Judgments, by Courthouse:

April 2022 Judgment Total, By California Court

Number of Judgments

California Superior Court, County of Los Angeles, Stanley Mosk Courthouse

58

California Superior Court, County of Sacramento, Gordon D. Schaber Courthouse

28

California Superior Court, County of Santa Clara, Downtown Superior Court

27

California Superior Court, County of Orange, Central Justice Center

15

California Superior Court, County of Butte, North Butte County Courthouse

8

California Superior Court, County of Contra Costa, Wakefield Taylor Courthouse

6

California Superior Court, County of Alameda, René C. Davidson Courthouse

4

California Superior Court, County of San Diego, Hall of Justice

3

California Superior Court, County of Monterey, Monterey Courthouse

3

California Superior Court, County of Los Angeles, Burbank Courthouse

2

California Superior Court, County of Contra Costa, Walnut Superior Court

2

California Superior Court, County of Shasta, Main Courthouse

2

California Superior Court, County of Riverside, Moreno Valley Courthouse

2

California Superior Court, County of San Bernardino, San Bernardino Justice Cntr

2

California Superior Court, County of Alameda, Hayward Hall of Justice

1

California Superior Court, County of Ventura, Hall of Justice

1

California Superior Court, County of Sonoma, Hall of Justice

1

California Superior Court, County of San Mateo, Southern Branch: Hall of Justice

1

California Superior Court, County of San Diego, North County

1

California Superior Court, County of Los Angeles, Chatsworth Courthouse

1

Grand Total

168

California Wage Claims, April 2022

The Department of Industrial Relations (DIR) reported over 2,700 wage claims in April of 2022. The DIR handles thousands of claims a month. Employees can in addition to reporting wage claims such as lost wages, unpaid wages, unpaid overtime or commissions to the DIR, can contact an attorney to assist with a claim. 

Schneider Wallace is a premier California wage attorney law firm, ready to review your claim for free and offer assistance if you were underpaid. Contact us at 800-689-0024.

April 2022 California Wage Judgments, by Industries with 20 or more claims:

Claims by Industry, 25 or More, April 2022

Number of Wage Claims

Restaurants and Other Eating Places

121

Temporary Help Services

85

Construction

82

Security Guards and Patrol Services

81

Full-Service Restaurants

68

Employment Placement Agencies

47

Hotels (except Casino Hotels) and Motels

46

Home Health Care Services

45

Janitorial Services

40

General Medical and Surgical Hospitals

39

Agriculture

37

Truck Transportation

34

Limited-Service Restaurants

32

Investigation and Security Services

32

Other Personal Care Services

32

Couriers and Express Delivery Services

30

Supermarkets and Other Grocery (except Convenience) Stores

30

Hospitals

29

All Other Miscellaneous Store Retailers (except Tobacco Stores)

27

Automotive Repair and Maintenance

27

Other Residential Care Facilities

27

Civic and Social Organizations

26

Advertising, Public Relations, and Related Services

23

Food Services and Drinking Places

22

Educational Services

21

Electrical Contractors and Other Wiring Installation Contractors

21

Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services

21

Offices of Dentists

20

“Restaurants and Other Eating Places” lead as an industry category with 121 claims. When including other variations of food service categories, “Full Service Restaurants” and “Food Services and Drinking Places”, there were a combined 211 wage claims.

Other industries with frequent wage claims appear on the list, including construction, security guards, and temp agencies. Construction workers can frequently be misclassified, and security guards frequently face unpaid labor in the form of unpaid overtime or working through meals and breaks. Staffing agencies that hire temporary or contractor workers for jobs such as warehouse workers can sometimes underpay hours, or charge improper fees on paychecks.

Failure to Pay Wages, Overtime and Commissions

California state law and federal law regulate payment of minimum wage, overtime and commissions.

Right to pay can be complicated by unique employment relationships, such as independent contractors, tipped workers and commission-based positions. In addition, matters concerning deductions, holidays, meal periods and rest periods often arise.

Legal Consult with Experienced Employment Lawyers

Consult with Schneider Wallace to resolve wage claims and employment disputes. We invite you to schedule a consultation with an employment law attorney in our Bay Area and Los Angeles, California offices.

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