El Centro company disputes owing $41K in back wages

Officials at El Centro-based RoGar Manufacturing disputes a U.S. Department of Labor ruling the company wrongly fired employees requesting leave under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act and owes them back pay. PHOTO JULIO MORALES

EL CENTRO — An El Centro company that was ordered to pay 17 employees a total of more than $41,000 in back wages is disputing the federal government’s claim it wrongly denied workers’ requests for coronavirus-related paid sick leave.

The enforcement action against RoGar Manufacturing Inc. stemmed from an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) Wage and Hour Division that reportedly determined the company had fired the workers who requested paid leave under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA).

Staff Writer Julio Morales can be reached at jmorales@ivpressonline.com or 760-337-3415.

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