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Club Sued Courts: Latino Rights Group Says People Called Volunteers
by Joe Segura, Staff writer
20 March 2000
Long Beach Press-Telegram
major Latino civil rights organization filed a lawsuit in federal court Tuesday
alleging that the Bingo Club is abusing its staffers by calling them volunteers
and not paying them salaries.
MALDEF is seeking a temporary restraining
order to force the club to pay salaries while the case makes its way though
the courts. The suit also seeks back pay for the staffers.
at Bingo Club Mistreated, Suit Claims -- Labor: MALDEF Alleges
That Charity Operation Avoids Paying Employees a Wage by Calling
by Eric Malnic, Times Staff Writer
20 March 2000
Los Angeles Times
Latino workers at Moskowitz’s bingo club are not paid fair wages, while their
employer takes in as much as $50 million a year. MALDEF is suing to get back
wages for unpaid "volunteers."
Demanda a Club de Bingo
by Patricia A. González-Portillo, Reportera de La Opinión
20 March 2002
suit alleges that, for more than a decade, the Moskowitz bingo made its employees,
the majority of them Latino, work as volunteers for tips alone. This story
notes that MALDEF included as defendants South Bay Security and Protective
Services and its president, Al Lazar, the day-to-day boss of the bingo.
by Christopher D. Cook
01 September 2000
all bingos in the state, the Hawaiian Gardens club is run by a not-for-profit
foundation. But while most bingos raise less than $100,000 a year for local
churches and schools, Hawaiian Gardens is neither small nor local. The operator
of the club has made international headlines for inflaming tensions in the
Middle East.” Meanwhile, residents are struggling to make ends meet serve
as “volunteers” in the bingo club, working solely for tips. This article
looks at the Hawaiian Gardens bingo club and casino and controversial business
dealings of Irving Moskowitz. It also gives background on Moskowitz's life
and a brief history of the city of Hawaiian Gardens.
|Moskowitz fails character test required for a gambling license.
To come: Worker sues Moskowitz casino, claiming he was made to pay for his job.
June 11, 2000: Attorney General gets conclusive evidence that Moskowitz is unfit for gambling licenseIn
another evident violation of California's charity bingo laws, the Coalition
obtained a pay-stub for a bingo worker who was supposed to be a "volunteer."
The company issuing the W-2, and, evidently, the paychecks, was South Bay
Protective and Security Services, headed by longtime Moskowitz associate
Al Lazar. Bingo workers and other observers say that Lazar ran the bingo
at least until 2002. [click for the document in .pdf format, which includes a link to an actual W-2 form showing payment of illegal wages, or click here to see the W-2 alone]
California gambling law that governs
the licensing process [see
the law here]