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US Department Of Labor Fines Oregon Cleaning Company $70K

05 Dec 2016 2:15 PM | IJCSA - (Administrator)

The U.S. Department of Labor has fined an Oregon cleaning company $70,000 for failing to pay employees the minimum wage and overtime.

Investigators found Stars Cleaning Service based in Beaverton paid its janitorial employees a fixed daily rate without regard to the number of hours they worked. The employees worked on average more than 12 hours a day, six days a week, investigators found.  

Eugenia Galán Carrillo worked at Stars Cleaning Service and has accused owner Estela Ramos of harassing and intimidating the workers after the investigation began.  

“The owner always threatened us,” she told OPB in an interview conducted in Spanish. “She would say to us that she would call immigration, or she always took money from our checks, threatening us all the time.”

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