22 Jan '17, 1am

L.A. Factories That Made Clothes For Forever 21, T.J. Maxx Paid Workers $4 an Hour

Los Angeles has a sweatshop problem, and bargain retailers like Forever 21 , T.J. Maxx , and Ross are reaping the benefits. At a press conference on Wednesday, the U.S. Department of Labor announced that an investigation of 77 randomly selected Southern California garment contractors, conducted between April and July of this year, uncovered minimum wage and overtime violations in 85 percent of the cases. While facilities with the most offenses mostly made clothes for brands known for deep discounts, a number also had ties with national department stores such as Macy’s and Nordstrom . Workers were paid an average of $7 an hour, or $3 less than the California minimum wage, according to the Labor Department’s Wage and Hour Division . In some cases, they received as littles as $4 an hour. In total, investigators found that the factories shortchanged their workers to the tune o...

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