Douglas Martin, Labor Commissioner Settle Carpenter’s Case

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California’s labor commissioner has reached a tentative settlement with a Hidden Hills construction company in a dispute over back wages for a fired carpenter and thousands of dollars in fines the company was ordered to pay for allegedly retaliating when the worker asked for the money.

State lawyers filed court papers on Tuesday with Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Robert B. Broadbelt notifying him of the “conditional” accord struck in its lawsuit against Douglas Martin Construction LLC. No terms were divulged and the state’s attorneys stated they expect to seek dismissal of the case by October 2023.

The labor commissioner brought the suit in April 2021 on behalf of carpenter Carlos Pineda against Martin Construction and its CEO, Douglas Martin Fierro, asking that the carpenter be restored to his previous position, paid more than $6,700 in back wages and that the defendants be ordered to pay $30,000 to $40,000 in civil penalties. An attorney for Fierro filed court papers denying the state’s allegations and stating that Pineda was not entitled to any damages.

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