CA Labor Commissioner Revokes Garment Manufacturer’s License for Labor Law Violations and Informs Employers of New Law for 2022


Los Angeles, CA ( - The Labor Commissioner’s Office has revoked the license of a Los Angeles garment manufacturer for providing false information on its license application and repeatedly failing to follow labor laws.

VRP Fashion, Inc. owner Veronica Rojas Pablo stated in her garment manufacturers license application that the business had no employees. But an onsite inspection at the West 6th Street facility on May 19, 2021, revealed workers sewing garments. The Labor Commissioner’s Office cited Pablo after she did not provide proof of workers’ compensation insurance coverage and ordered her to stop work until such coverage was purchased. Pablo did not respond to the order nor did she appeal the citations. She barred an inspector from a follow-up visit and had workers leave the premises from a back exit.

Multiple attempts were made to contact the employer, but by September 2021 the business was vacated and the citations unpaid.

“Garment manufacturing employers are legally obligated to follow the law as a condition of being granted a manufacturing license,” said Labor Commissioner Lilia García-Brower. “This employer was found to have willfully violated the law and obstructed our investigation.”

Garment Worker Protection Act

A new law going into effect in 2022 will change the way many garment manufacturers operate. On January 1, Senate Bill 62, also known as the Garment Worker Protection Act, will eliminate piece rate compensation that pays garment workers by the number of units produced. The Act will require workers be paid at least the minimum wage at an hourly rate. It also adds requirements for record keeping and expands the responsibility for manufacturers.

“The Garment Worker Protection Act creates a higher standard for California workers in this industry,” said Labor Commissioner Lilia García-Brower. “It eliminates piece rate compensation, which is a predatory structure that historically facilitates wage theft. Eliminating piece rate pay should help alleviate pressures workers experience to forgo rest breaks and other health and safety protections.” 

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