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Chavez & Gertler Settles Lawsuit Against Ross Stores and USM For Failing to Pay Wages to Janitors

Chavez & Gertler is part of a team of lawyers who represented janitors in a class action against retail giant Ross Stores, Inc. (“Ross”) and leading janitorial contractor USM, Inc. (“USM”) to challenge rampant wage theft from janitors at Ross stores in California. They alleged that Ross contracted with USM to clean Ross Dress for Less and dd’s DISCOUNTS stores in California at impossibly low cost. USM, in turn, subcontracts the work to small, fly-by-night subcontractors without providing enough money for the subcontractors to comply with wage and hour and other laws. As a result, the subcontractors routinely fail to pay the janitors who clean the stores the wages they are owed. The workers are represented by Chavez & Gertler, Goldstein, Borgen, Dardarian & Ho, Legal Aid of Marin and the Stanford Community Law Clinic.

The lawsuit brings claims under California Labor Code section 2810, which makes it illegal to subcontract janitorial and other services without providing sufficient funding to allow the subcontractor to comply with all applicable laws.

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