Car wash workers in Playa Vista are rightly fuming over the failure of a dealership to pay them for wage theft.
“Nine months after the California Labor Commissioner’s Office hit L.A. auto dealership mogul Hooman Nissani with the largest wage theft penalty in state history, current and former employees of Nissani’s Playa Vista Car Wash on Centinela Avenue say they are still waiting for compensation.
In April the state ordered Nissani and car wash general manager Keyvan Shamshoni to pay more than $1.8 million in back wages over three years — both for unpaid overtime and paying below minimum wage, according to investigators — plus $19,000 deducted from worker paychecks for supplies and $516,000 in penalties.
‘These violations are affecting 64 workers. To this day none of the workers have received any money,’ Community Labor Environmental Action Network (CLEAN) Executive Director Flor Rodrigues told a crowd of about 40 who picketed outside the car wash last Friday. ‘The employees and ex-employees of Playa Vista Car Wash want other workers to know about their rights and what’s at stake for speaking up today.’
Calls and messages for Nissani were not returned.”
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