A local car wash has been cheating workers out of their pay on slow business days, the U.S. Department of Labor reported Thursday.
Lozano's Brushless Car Wash, which operates in Mountain View and Sunnyvale, has been ordered by the federal government to cough up $268,501 in back pay to 270 workers.
"I'm pleased that the Wage and Hour Division's enforcement efforts assisted these vulnerable workers," said Susana Rincon, district director of the U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division, in a press release.
Investigators found that the car wash was telling its workers to arrive when the car wash opened, but workers were told not to clock in until the first customer arrived, which could take 15 minutes to an hour. Workers were not paid for their time waiting for the first customer, according to investigators.
Now Lozano's has agreed to pay the workers -- 270 of them -- the federal minimum wage of $6.55 an hour for all of the unpaid work hours.
Those who worked at the car wash between Dec. 10, 2006 and Dec. 6, 2008 are eligible for back pay and are asked to call (408) 291-7730, ext.12.
A call to the owners of Lozano's was not immediately returned.