L.A. council candidate pays two workers about half the amount owed in wage theft cases
A candidate for City of Angels City Council president recently paid more than half the amount he was owed for underpayment of wages by workers in his company.
In April, San Pedro City Councilwoman Susan Glickman, a candidate for president, paid $1,500 to former construction company worker Yolanda Soto for unpaid wages. The unpaid wages caused Soto to lose her job, according to an article in the Los Angeles Times. The unpaid wages were owed by Soto, a former assistant in Glickman’s firm, BKM International, Inc., and were found out by an arbitrator at the California Labor Commissioner’s Office. After the fact, the City of Los Angeles determined that the wages were owed to all the workers in Soto’s division — not just to her.
The City determined that BKM violated the wage order, which was put in place by the City in 1997 and went through a series of revisions up until 2007. The wage order was issued because the City found that many low-wage construction companies were operating as “shadow companies” and skirting the law, which states minimum wage for workers.
The City’s determination is subject to appeal with the state Supreme Court, according to the Times article.
The City of Los Angeles has determined that a candidate for president of the City Council has been paid more than half the amount owed by one of her employees for unpaid wages.
Karen Bass, who’s running as a Democrat and is challenging Mayor Eric Garcetti in November’s election, paid former employee Yolanda Soto $1,500 to settle her unpaid wages with the city, according to the Los Angeles Times.
City Councilmember Susan Glickman, who is challenging Bass in the mayor’s race, paid $1,000 to Soto in April for a similar unpaid wages claim. The city said the payment to Soto was for work covered up to her termination. The payment was made to an arbitration hearing committee, which settled claims among various city divisions over unpaid wages, the City of Los Angeles said.
Glickman didn’t return a request for comment from the Times, who requested the information from the City.
The city’s payment to Soto comes after Glickman, who is up for