Businesses operating underground generally violate those laws that are designed to protect workers and California's economy. Skirting income taxes, not carrying workers' compensation insurance, failing to provide required workplace safeguards and paying employees less than what they are owed are common practices of underground businesses. These underground operations subsequently require lower overhead, giving an unfair advantage to the illegal businesses over legitimate, law-abiding employers.
California workers and employers can contact the LETF hotline at 855-297-5322 to report documented complaints and enforcement tips. Complaints will be screened and prioritized in order to catch the most egregious offenders.
CONTACT: Erika Monterroza Peter Melton (510) 286-1161Internet: www.dir.ca.gov Twitter: @CA_DIR Facebook.com/CaliforniaDIR SOURCE California Labor Enforcement Task Force/DIR