Retailers in Southern California have come under fire from the Department Of Labour over violations of the Fair Labour Standards Act.

So far, the department has levied £270,000 against the stores who have failed to meet demands to comply with rules and regulations governing the administration of minimum wages and overtime back payments.

In its investigations the Department Of Labour discovered that over $900,000 were still owing to employees over a two year period.

The DOL have used the fines against the apparel manufacturers in attempt to bring the industry into line and force them to comply with the legislations covering employment in the country.

Three of the offenders who received the largest chunk of the fines were 2000 Knitwear Manufacturing, KV Sportswear and Lupitas Sportswear.