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Warehouse workers march from the Inland Empire to LA in 2012 to protest working conditions.
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.
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.