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State attorney general files lawsuit against Echo Park carwash

December 15, 2009 |  7:49 pm

The state attorney general's office filed a lawsuit today against an Echo Park car wash, alleging that it engaged in business code violations, including failure to pay workers a minimum wage.

Sunset Car Wash and its owner, Jonathan Min Kim, allegedly failed to pay overtime, report job-related injuries and provide accurate itemized statements of employee hours and wages, according to the lawsuit filed in Los Angeles County Superior Court.

Kim and his business also are accused of failing to withhold employee pay for state income taxes, the lawsuit alleges.

The lawsuit identified Kim as a Beverly Hills resident. He could not be reached for comment.

In a statement, Atty. Gen. Jerry Brown said the company operated an unsafe work environment.

"If you're running a firm that's exploiting your workers in this economy when people are desperate for jobs," Brown said, "we want you to know that we will find you."

His office filed the lawsuit after receiving complaints from employees.

He is seeking to recover $630,000 in alleged unpaid wages and to levy $2 million in penalties for violation of the state's Unfair Business Act.

--Robert J. Lopez