Corona-based West Coast Customs, an auto restyler famous for being on the MTV cable television show “Pimp My Ride,” will pay $174,000 in back wages and penalties following a U.S. Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division investigation.
The company had a policy of paying workers a flat salary per week regardless of how many hours they worked. Many times, employees earned less than minimum wage under the arrangement and were not paid properly for overtime they worked.
The settlement calls for $157,592 to be paid to 45 employees, plus $16,380 in civil penalties.
Wage and Hour Division investigators also found that the shop misclassified employees as independent contractors prior to 2011.
In addition to its role on “Pimp My Ride,” West Coast Customs also appeared in shows on the Learning Channel and the Discovery Channel and is featured in the “L.A. Rush” video game.