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Southern California warehouse operator for Walmart, others must pay $1M in overtime

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State regulators have ordered a Chino warehouse operator – who handles merchandise for big-box stores like Walmart – to pay employees more than $1 million in unpaid overtime.

State Labor Commissioner Julie Su says two facilities operated by Chino-based Quetico LLC in San Bernardino shorted wages for 865 workers.

Investigators say employees were also denied legally required lunch and rest breaks.

Besides back wages, Quetico has been fined more than $200,000.

“Wage theft takes many forms. My office will crack down on any employer who is taking hard-earned wages from workers by falsifying time cards and systematically preventing employees from taking a full meal break,” Su said in a statement on the agency's website. “We are also intent on eliminating the competitive advantages that labor law violators gain over employers who play by the rules.”

In a statement early Tuesday, Quetico officials say they strongly disagree with the labor commission's conclusions and they will vigorously appeal to protect the firm's reputation.

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