State of California Upset With Employee Violations at Car Washes
The Great State of California has been chasing down car wash owners who violate employment laws for a long time. Now they are getting serious and have past The California Carwash Worker Law to protect workers who are clearly getting the shaft. Amongst some of the tricks carwashes have played on their workers and the state include;
Not paying Workmen’s Compensation Insurance.
Hiring Illegal Aliens, allowing forged SS numbers.
Having Workers Show Up, but not paying them until the carwash gets busy (standby status).
Deducting Workers Comp, paying cash under the table, and pocketing the money deduction money.
Failure to Meet OSHA Rules.
Not Paying Dryers at All; workers work for tips only. There are many more extremely common violations, these are only a few. Meanwhile, the Steel Workers Unions are busy helping carwash employees unionize, and lobbying for the state to crack down more heavily on violations.Personally, I’ve been extremely vocal on the sorts of violations that the car wash industry has committed over the years with regards to employees. Although these measures are being taken in CA, there are many violations in many more states that I’ve seen, some quite serious. In Texas, New Jersey, Georgia, New Mexico, Colorado, and Florida, well, these states should be next for government enforcement.Needless to say, if you see a violation at your local car wash, do not be surprised if you read about them in the newspapers soon. The authorities are onto these folks and there are some pretty unscrupulous players in the industry. I’d say it’s about 80/20, that is to say 80 legitimate operators and 20 nightmares. Think on this.