Valverde v. Xclusive Staffing, Inc. et al
Westminster-based company XClusive Staffing was recently recognized as one of the fastest growing women-led companies in the country. Workers allege that such growth is due in part to the company’s rampant violation of the wage and hour laws. In a lawsuit filed with Towards Justice as Counsel, workers allege that XClusive Staffing and its President Diane Astley have been stealing hard earned wages through illegal deductions and other wage and hour violations for years. This is so despite five (5) investigations by the United States Department of Labor since 2011, and Ms. Astley’s repeated assurances that the company would stop stealing wages. Despite those assurances, workers allege that XClusive continues to force its employees to pay to get paid – charging employees $3.00 on each payday to cover the cost of issuing their paychecks – and auto-deducting work time for breaks that employees are never allowed to take. The workers not only claim illegal pay practices, they also accuse Ms. Astley of fraudulently assuring the government and XClusive customers that the company would comply with wage and hour laws; assurances that allowed XClusive to continue profiting off the stolen wages of its workers.