West Coast Customs is in trouble with federal authorities and will be forced to pay over $150,000 thanks to charges that employees were chronically underpaid between November 2010 and January 2013, according to a report from The Press-Enterprise.

An investigation by the US Department of Labor has found that employees who should have been paid hourly and compensated for overtime were paid a fixed, weekly salary that in some cases resulted in an average hourly rate of just $6 per hour. For reference, that's $2 per hour below California's minimum wage, and still well below the $7.25 federal minimum wage.

In total, WCC and its owner Ryan Friedlinghaus, will pay $157,592, which will be split between 45 employees. An additional $16,830 in civil penalties is also being assessed, notes the report.

According to Daniel Pasquil, the DoL's district director of wages and hours division quoted by the newspaper, Friedlinghaus and WCC have sorted out their payment issues. "The fortunate thing, and the most important thing, is that the company did correct the violations," Pasquil told the paper. "They are now in full compliance."


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      Da Mayor Sunnyvale
      • 7 Months Ago
      you gotta be kidding ? these guys that are building mega buck rides for shaq, p diddy, and whoever else, are making 6 bucks an hour? Thats so ghetto !
      BIGDADDY C
      • 7 Months Ago
      Wow the racist are having a field day, have fun while it last and read the story and not the picture google the person not the photo. Wow America has become the place of Dumb and Dumber
      Sam
      • 7 Months Ago
      there are a lot of company that paly that game
      Cursethedawn
      • 7 Months Ago
      I'm not trying to troll here but I always hated those shows. They didn't build cars, they built bling. Empty, hollow, soulless, bling.
      It's Olllld Buso Rag
      • 7 Months Ago
      Oh you mean the little 5'5" ill mannered emotional boss who's projects always fly by the seat of their pants has problems paying people? You don't ******* say.........
      Easy Eddieg
      • 7 Months Ago
      Ryan does six figure upgrades for celebs, makes accessories for sale, had a tv show & still paid (underpaid) his skilled employees less than minimum wage - why isn't he under arrest for running a sweat shop? Why aren't his employees filing a class action civil suit & going for damages?
      Koenigsegg
      • 7 Months Ago
      They do tacky customizations that look like crap
      Mark Skeet Johnson
      • 7 Months Ago
      Pay now or pay a bunch later...lol
      stevewalsh51
      • 7 Months Ago
      RYAN WAS AND IS ALWAYS FIRST TO GET PAID BUT LAST TO PAY WHEN HE WAS DOING PIMP MY RIDE, WE DID SO WORK FOR HIM WHEN HE WAS IN INGLEWOOD, BOTH LOCATIONS, HE ALWAYS PUTS US OFF. WHEN HE MOVED TO CORONA HE WAS ALWAYS "SHORT DUE TO THE MOVE", SO AFTER A YEAR OR SO I JUST WROTE IT OFF AS A "BAD DEBT" WHAT COMES AROUND............
        theandr00e
        • 7 Months Ago
        @stevewalsh51
        Wow, what a douchebag that Ryan is. They should jump him.
      Daffa Elong
      • 7 Months Ago
      I said it before ... West Cost Customs is a big fraud ....
      Micheal White
      • 7 Months Ago
      This is typical in the auto repair world....that $75 labor charge....the guy doing the work might see $15 if he is lucky...and he has to buy the tools and special tools to do his job. The tools can cost $30,000 plus for the basics, and then he has to add about $2,000 to $5,000 of new tools a year just to keep up with the changes in the automotive world. The sad thing about "custom" shops is they think having the "luxury" of saying you work on custom cars for the rich is enough justifying paying you under the minimal wage with tricky pay...like a "cut" and a flat salary...this is way I refuse to work in those shops.
      axle
      • 7 Months Ago
      Most body shops want fifty dollar an hour work for 7.50 The average hourly rate is around 120 hr. When you figure the overhead like materials which are through the ceiling, utilities, insurance, permits, equipment, you get a return of say fifty bucks an hour and you pay the help 7.50/hr. Plus, you have to provide your own tools!! Got out of the rat race a long time ago.
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