July 25, 2021 Breaking News, Latest News, and Videos

City Attorney Obtains First Conviction in Santa Monica Minimum Wage Enforcement Case

The Santa Monica City Attorney’s Office announced the successful prosecution of JW Marriott LA Boutique Gift Shop (“LA Boutique”), a local hotel-based retail business, for failing to pay numerous employees their Santa Monica minimum wage and retaliating against an employee who attempted to exercise her minimum wage rights. This is the first conviction under the City of Santa Monica’s Minimum Wage Ordinance.

Prior to referring the case to the City Attorney’s Office, the Los Angeles County Department of Consumer & Business Affairs – contracted as the Wage Enforcement Division of the City – received numerous complaints from LA Boutique’s employees regarding wage violations and undertook a multi-month investigation. The investigation uncovered egregious violations of the City’s Minimum Wage Ordinance. No employee at LA Boutique was being paid the Santa Monica minimum wage, and when one employee asserted her rights under the City’s wage laws, she was terminated.

On November 21, 2017, City Prosecutor Melanie Skehar took the “no contest” plea of the owner of LA Boutique to three misdemeanor counts of failing to pay employees the City of Santa Monica minimum wage and one misdemeanor count of unlawful retaliation against an employee for exercising rights protected by the City’s minimum wage laws. Under a plea agreement with the City Attorney’s Office, the owner was placed on 36 months of probation and ordered to:

  1. Pay approximately $11,000 in back wages to all affected employees.
  2. Pay approximately $3,000 in investigative costs to the City.
  3. Perform 150 hours of community services.
  4. Comply with all applicable laws, including the City’s minimum wage laws.

“This is a positive and fair result,” said Chief Deputy City Attorney Yibin Shen. “It is paramount in each of our wage enforcement cases that the affected employees receive full restitution for their back wages and that the employer is educated about the City’s wage laws. This prosecution successfully achieved both results.”

“The Santa Monica City Council reaffirmed its longstanding commitment toward combating growing income inequality and improving the welfare of the City’s workers when it adopted the City’s landmark minimum wage law last year,” said Shen. “I am pleased that the City’s prosecutorial team, in cooperation with our Los Angeles County Wage Enforcement partners, successfully prosecuted this case. Of course, there is much more work to be done.”

To report violations of the Santa Monica Minimum Wage Ordinance, please contact the Santa Monica Wage Enforcement Program of the Los Angeles County Department of Consumer and Business Affairs at 800-593-8222, online at http://dcba.lacounty.gov/wps/portal/dca/main/home/wageenforcement or in person at 500 West Temple Street, B96, Los Angeles, CA, 90012.

For more information on Santa Monica minimum wage, visit smgov.net/minimumwage.

judgelawsuit

Related Posts

Two Arrested for Main Street Bike Shop Burglary

July 23, 2021

July 23, 2021

Two suspects were arrested for the burglary of a Main Street bike store after the owner witnessed the crime via...

Council Selects Berkeley Deputy City Manager to Helm Santa Monica

July 23, 2021

July 23, 2021

David White to be Santa Monica’s next City Manager starting in October  By Sam Catanzaro Santa Monica City Council has...

Ocean Park Library Set to Reopen

July 20, 2021

July 20, 2021

New self-service hours begin July 28 By Sam Catanzaro The Santa Monica Public Library’s Ocean Park Branch is set to...

Police Tase Suspect Following Santa Monica Beach Stabbing

July 19, 2021

July 19, 2021

32-year-old man arrested Sunday evening on Santa Monica Beach, suffers head injuries in arrest By Sam Catanzaro As part of...

Santa Monica Beat: Santa Monica Beat – July 19, 2021

July 19, 2021

July 19, 2021

Local news and culture in under 5 minutes. * Serial Killer Arrested by SMPD Sentenced to Death * New Grants...

Santa Monica May Ban Lobbyists From Serving on Boards and Commissions

July 19, 2021

July 19, 2021

City Council instructs staff to draft ordinance to bar paid policy advocates from serving on board, commissions, task forces   By...

Water Near Santa Monica Pier Remains Questionable as Beach Closures Lifted Following Sewage Discharge

July 15, 2021

July 15, 2021

17 million gallons of raw sewage discharged from Hyperion Water Reclamation Plant Sunday Night By Sam Catanzaro Beach closures have...

Edify TV: Local Cafe Supporting Foster Youths

July 14, 2021

July 14, 2021

La La Land Kind Cafe recently opened its first California location in Santa Monica, delivering not only unique coffee and...

Santa Monica Experiencing 9-1-1 Call Outage

July 13, 2021

July 13, 2021

Update: As of 3 p.m., 9-1-1 phone service in Santa Monica has been fully restored. Please call or text 9-1-1...

Santa Monica Settles Consumer Protection Lawsuit With Match.com: Santa Monica Beat – July 12, 2021

July 12, 2021

July 12, 2021

Local news and culture in under 5 minutes. * Santa Monica Settles Consumer Protection Lawsuit With Match.com* SMPD and Services...

17 Million Gallons of Raw Sewage Spills Into Santa Monica Bay

July 12, 2021

July 12, 2021

Sunday night spillage occurs 1-mile offshore from Hyperion Water Reclamation Plant By Sam Catanzaro 17 million gallons of raw sewage...

Santa Monica Settles Consumer Protection Lawsuit With Match.com

July 12, 2021

July 12, 2021

Santa Monica among handful of California cities included in lawsuit By Chad Winthrop Santa Monica and a handful of California...

New Plans For Offices Near Santa Monica’s Memorial Park Revealed

July 12, 2021

July 12, 2021

Designs call for nearly 40,000 square feet of office space By Toi Creel Santa Monica is getting a new look...

Deadly Florida Condo Collapse Motivates LA County to Inspect the Marina City Club

July 8, 2021

July 8, 2021

After concerned residents contacted city officials, County Building and Safety conducted an inspection of the Marina City Club condominium complex,...