LOS ANGELES — A judge has found a trucking company operating out of the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach violated its workers' rights by misclassifying them as independent contractors.
The Superior Court judgment announced by the California attorney general's office on Thursday found that Pacifica Trucks avoided paying state taxes by misclassifying the workers. Prosecutors say that means the workers were denied Social Security, Medicare and workers' compensation benefits.
Pacifica Trucks was ordered to stop the practice and pay a $5,000 penalty. The company's attorney, Mark Valencia, declined to comment.
The attorney general's office says the judgment marks the fifth lawsuit it has won against trucking companies for similar violations.
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