Ten garment manufacturing businesses in Los Angeles have been issued with citations totalling $217,844 for breaking laws designed to protect workers, following unannounced inspections by two labour agencies.

The firms, who between them employed 199 workers, were found to have violated workers' compensation and garment license requirements under state law. Audits are also being carried out to identify minimum wage and overtime violations.

The California Division of Labor Standards Enforcement (DLSE) and the US Department of Labor (DOL) Wage and Hour Division deployed 50 investigators to carry out the investigation.

"Rooting out continued violations of basic wage protections for garment workers is a top priority for this administration," said Labor Commissioner Julie Su. "The honest employers in the industry depend on this effective enforcement, and garment workers deserve nothing less."