Investigations in Southern California by the US Department of Labor (USDL) have found $1.6 mn in back wages and liquidated damages due to 1,377 garment industry employees in 2017. These amounts resulted from violations of Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) found in 94 per cent of 129 Wage and Hour Division investigations of garment factories in the region. The department also assessed an additional $36,000 in civil money penalties associated with those investigations, USDL said.