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California contractor made to pay $2M in janitorsâ€TM back pay

by Madeleine Baran

Aug. 27, 2004 – The US Department of Labor ordered a contractor for the Target Corporation to pay $1.9 million in back pay after uncovering that the contractor had not paid overtime or workers' compensation insurance for hundreds of immigrants who worked cleaning Target stores in several states.

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Many of the janitors worked every night and some were only 15 or 16 years old, according to a two-year investigation into the practices of California-based Global Building Services.

Felipe Aguilar, who said he worked about 80 hours a week cleaning five Target stores in Southern California for less than $4 an hour, told the New York Times, "In my three years there, they gave me very few days off. And when I came back after being out injured for two weeks, the company said: ‘We can't take you back. Someone else is working in your place.’"

His wife, Claudia, who also worked at Target, told the Times, "We felt bad about the pay; sometimes we felt rage, but we were scared to complain because we needed the job."

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Madeleine Baran is a contributing journalist.

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