Tuesday, August 21, 2007

DLSE press release: division bends over forassists Wal-Mart by having them pay a petty fine, then is dumb enough to broadcast it

Someone commented that Wal-Mart got their very own Wal-Mart discount at DLSE. Who says that this administration is in bed with corporate interests? By my math, 50,000 victims equals a $5,000,000 citation (under the Labor Code). Would $198,000 citation be considered a bargain, as compared to $5,000,000? That's (not even) 4 cents on the dollar! Here's the Labor Commissioner's press release: I'd say she's doing exactly what Robert Jones was doing (click bluelink to jump to press release).
Here's some more of that press release:β€œOn behalf of the 50,000 workers who were inadvertently underpaid overtime and other wages, we are pleased with this settlement,” said California Labor Commissioner Angela Bradstreet. (Blogger's note: "inadvertantly"?? WTF? Officer, I didn't rob the bank, I inadvertantly received a withdrawal. Funny how these financial accounting "accidents" always benefit the employer...what a fcuking coincidence).
β€œWe are ensuring that the workers are completely compensated what is owed to them in overtime and interest, and that penalties are provided for.” "As always, our goal is to encourage voluntary compliance with California labor laws," Bradstreet added. "By its actions in this case, Wal-Mart has set a positive example for other employers who may be out of compliance because it illustrates how they can work with us to properly compensate workers as well as meet legal requirements." Blogger's note: "...and that penalties are provided for"? WTF does that mean? That the DLSE is providing Wal-Mart with penalties, or that the DLSE is ensuring that penalties are provided for Wal-Mart? I don't get it, but then again, I'm no dipshit lawyer that states a confusing sentence, then ends it with a preposition.

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Anonymous businesses love Arnold said...

If you study the history of the Wal-mart citation, you will find that Wal-mart brought the overtime violations to the attention of DLSE. In other words, DLSE did not catch Wal-mart cheating their employees, the violations were brought to DLSE'S attention by Wal-mart. While BOFE is going around citing mom and pop businesses,the large corporations are getting away with murder. Now you ask yourself, why would Wal-mart turn themselves into DLSE. The answer is that the FEDS had already caught Wal-mart redhanded. In order to avoid large fines in California (millions), they turned themselves into the new labor commissioner. This not only gave the new labor commissioner alot of press, it reduced Wal-mart fines to thousands, not millions. Ho hum, life goes on at the labor commission. The names change but it is the same old shit. If it walks like a duck, talks like a duck, it must be the new labor commissioner. Quack, quack, quack

8/21/2007 6:19 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

When BOFE cites a mom and pop business, the official line is "we can't negotiate penalties." But when a company like Wal-Mart gets in a jam, our line becomes "how can we help you?"

Hey corporate execs, come on down, money talks, BS walks. Step right up to settle your own case for 4 cents on the dollar.

8/21/2007 11:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

TO: DLSE/BOFE Management and DLCs

Fines did not even register a wrinkle in Wal-Mart's bottom like.

Wal-Mart with over 200,000 employees can recover from any fine completely within a single day by taking it from its employees. And in fact that is how the most recent OSHA fines of 27 million dollars were handled. How? Otherwise excellent workers who mind and work diligently are harassed by teams of "trustee goons" and framed with accusations and threats until he/she quits or is fired under a pretext. The "mother" store manager issues orders to "pressure" intended targets and then it's done.

Wal-Mart is a travesty; a Lenin - like prison labor camp; a human rights violator in America.

Wal-Mart at 732 Center Drive, San Marcos, CA in northern San Diego county.

The most recent OSHA fine case started at this store site. That's not all that has been and still is. Every enterprise state department will find major prosecutable offenses at this store linked together in clusters with stores at Vista and the three at Oceanside. OSHA, labor, FEHA, DOJ, FTB,,,. Toxic dumping, unsafe work conditions, unfair labor / business practices, bullying of on the job injured labor, Title VII ADEA, ADA and other forms of discrimination, intimidation and possible assault and battery, financial crimes, ...

Come together for heavens sake and take it down together. Take out this privately owned crime syndicate. And make all of its perpetrators with California's jurisdiction accountable.

6/15/2010 11:56 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


Wal-Mart at 732 Center Drive, San Marcos, CA, an Abu Ghraib - like prison camp in California. They just had an annual stores' total inventory audit with physical and mental abuse of its manual labor in preparation. It's now spitting out spent and exhausted labor to hire additional vics until they reach a peak burnout in 1 or 2 years. You'd be surprised what dregs of society are "managers". Their abuse, mistreatment set a despicable standard. Yes, the stores are diverse. The perpetrators now have yellow and brown ting to their complexion. Its manual labor is horrifically abused; this is not an exaggeration but fact. What you have observed in the sweatshops of LA is all about this Wal-Mart. Who has the strength and the resources to take this giant crime syndicate on?

CL, I am retiring further comments on your blog site now and hopefully expecting to return to state as a neutral. Carry on as a private attorney general, after your case is resolved ?

6/26/2010 11:40 AM  

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