The owners of three residential care facilities for elderly residents were issued $2.2 million in citations Wednesday by the state Labor Commissioners Office, which determined the Spring Valley couple paid employees far less than they were due.
The citations were issued to Fairhill Castle LLC and its owners, Lamberto “June” and Jesusan Deleon for minimum wage, overtime, meal period and workers’ compensation violations from September 2013 to August 2014, according to the commission.
The Deleons were ordered to pay $1.3 million in underpaid wages and premiums, nearly $717,000 in damages and around $171,000 in civil penalties.
The Deleons typically employed a husband and wife team at each Spring Valley location to look after the residents 24 hours a day, six to seven days a week, according to the state agency, a division of the Department of Industrial Relations.
The caregivers were paid between $900 and $1,300 each month in cash, or around $1.25 to $1.80 per hour, the commission reported.
Most of the elderly residents were bedridden, suffering from advanced-stage dementia or Alzheimer’s disease, and some were receiving hospice care.
“These caregivers deserve to be paid everything they are owed for their work,” said Christine Baker, director of the Department of Industrial Relations. “Employers who deny their workers the pay they are rightfully owed will be held accountable to remedy the issue and restore wages due.”
The investigation also found that the Deleons failed to report wages to the proper state, federal and local agencies, and did not provide workers’ compensation coverage during their eight years of operating the facilities, according to the commission.
The agency said the Deleons closed the residential care facilities under the Fairhill Castle business name earlier this year, and subsequently reopened the main location under a new name, Jade House, with their eldest daughter named as the owner and sole proprietor.
— City News Service
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