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Jerry Brown Sues Car Wash in Echo Park [Updated]

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Attorney General Jerry Brown today filed a lawsuit against Auto Spa Express for "for illegally forcing employees to work nearly 60-hour weeks without overtime, ignoring minimum wage laws and denying injured employees workers' compensation benefits," according to a press release. The car wash, located near Alvarado at 2028 Sunset Boulevard, allegedly has been paying employees $6.32 per hour (state minimum wage is $8.00), not paying employees when there were no customers and not paying overtime. Owners are said to o alshave paid employees in cash with no record keeping in order to avoid paying into state funds and taxes.

[UPDATE: An e-mail from the apparent new owner reads as follows: "My name is Andrew Park and I work for the Sunset Auto Spa. Regarding the AG's lawsuit against Auto Spa Express, please see taxihopscotch's comment under your post. We are new owners as of 8/17/2009. Unfortunately, our new owners chose the name "Sunset Auto Spa" which resembles the former name of 'Auto Spa Express' too closely, but we are a different company! The lawsuit was filed against the old owner."]