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Hilda L. Solis, Secretary of Labor v. Dahdoul Textiles

November 29, 2012

HILDA L. SOLIS, SECRETARY OF LABOR, UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF LABOR, PLAINTIFF,
v.
DAHDOUL TEXTILES, INC., A CALIFORNIA CORPORATION, ALI DAHDOUL, INDIVIDUALLY AND AS MANAGING AGENT OF CORPORATE DEFENDANTS; IMAD DAHDOUL, INDIVIDUALLY AND AS MANAGING AGENT OF CORPORATE DEFENDANTS,
AHMAD DAHDOUL, INDIVIDUALLY AND AS MANAGING AGENT OF CORPORATE DEFENDANTS, DEFENDANTS.



The opinion of the court was delivered by: John F. Walter, U.S. District Court Judge

CONSENT JUDGMENT

Plaintiff Hilda L. Solis, Secretary of Labor, United States Department of Labor ("Secretary") and Defendants, Dahdoul Textiles, Inc., a California Corporation, Ali Dahdoul, individually and as managing agent of corporate defendant, Imad Dahdoul, individually and as managing agent of corporate defendant, and Ahmad Dahdoul, individually and as managing agent of corporate defendant (collectively "Defendants"), have agreed to resolve the matters in controversy in this civil action and consent to the entry of this Consent Judgment in accordance herewith:

A. The Secretary has filed a Complaint alleging that Defendants violated provisions of Sections 15(a)(2) and 15(a)(5) of the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938, as amended ("FLSA"), 29 U.S.C. §§ 215(a)(2) and 215(a)(5).

B. Defendants have appeared and having retained defense counsel acknowledge receipt of a copy of the Secretary's Complaint.

C. Defendants waive issuance and service of process and waive answer and any defenses to the Secretary's Complaint.

D. The Secretary and Defendants waive Findings of Fact and Conclusions of Law, and agree to the entry of this Consent Judgment in settlement of this action, without further contest.

E. Defendants admit that the Court has jurisdiction over the parties and subject matter of this civil action and that venue lies in the Central District of California.

F. Defendants understand and agree that demanding or accepting any of the funds due employees under this Judgment or threatening any employee for accepting money due under this Judgment or for exercising any of their rights under the FLSA is specifically prohibited by this Judgment and may subject the Defendants to equitable and legal damages, including punitive damages and civil contempt.

It is therefore, upon motion of the attorneys for the Secretary, and for cause shown,

ORDERED, ADJUDGED, AND DECREED that the Defendants, their officers, agents, servants, and employees and those persons in active concert or participation with them who receive actual notice of this order (by personal service or otherwise) be, and they hereby are, permanently enjoined and restrained from violating the provisions of Sections 15(a)(2) and 15(a)(5) of the FLSA, 29 U.S.C. §§215(a)(2) and 215(a)(5), in any of the following manners:

1. Defendants shall not, contrary to FLSA § 7, 29 U.S.C. § 207, employ any em- ployee who in any workweek is engaged in commerce, within the meaning of the FLSA, or is employed in an enterprise engaged in commerce or in the production of goods for commerce, within the meaning of FLSA § 3(s), for any workweek longer than 40 hours unless such employee receives compensation for his or her employment in excess of 40 hours in such workweek at a rate not less than one and one-half times the regular rate at which he or she is employed.

2. Defendants shall not fail to make, keep, make available to authorized agents of the Secretary for inspection, transcription, and/or copying, upon their demand for such access, and preserve records of employees and of the wages, hours, and other conditions and practices of employment maintained, as prescribed by regulations issued, and from time to time amended, pursuant to FLSA §§ 11(c) and 15(a)(5), 29 U.S.C. §§ 211(c) and 215(a)(5) and the implementing regulations found in Title 29, Code of Federal Regulations, Part 516.

3. Defendants, jointly and severally, shall not continue to withhold the payment of $130,000 in overtime pay hereby found to be due under the FLSA to 57 employees, as a result of their employment by Defendants during the period of June 8, 2009 through June 8, 2012 ("back wage accrual period") as set forth in the attached Exhibit 1, showing the name of each employee and listing on the same line the gross backwage amount due the employee and the period covered by the Consent Judgment.

4. IT IS ORDERED AND ADJUDGED that the plaintiff shall also have and recover from the defendants, jointly and severally, the additional amount of $130,000 (constituting 100 percent of the back wages that so became due and unpaid in each instance) as and for liquidated damages hereby found to be due under the FLSA.

5. The Defendants, jointly and severally, shall not continue to withhold payment of $10,000 in unpaid civil money penalties assessed against the Defendants and finally determined, pursuant to authority granted in FLSA § 16(e), for violations of the overtime pay provisions of the FLSA during the backwage accrual period.

6. To accomplish the requirements of Paragraphs 3, 4, and 5, Defendants shall deliver to the Wage and Hour Division, United States Department of Labor, 915 Wilshire Blvd., ...


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