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Two Los Angeles carwashes must pay more than $1 million to employees who said they were paid as little as $4.50 an hour, the Los Angeles city attorney’s office announced Tuesday.

Silver Lake Car Wash Inc., at 3595 Beverly Blvd., and Catalina Car Wash Inc., at 4000 Beverly, will offer between $17,000 and $40,000 in back pay to employees who reported wage theft, City Atty. Mike Feuer said. As part of the settlement, the two businesses and their supervisor, Yoosef Aminpour, also agreed to pay $519,027 in civil penalties and $35,996 in attorney fees.

“Think of the magnitude of those awards,” Feuer said. “This is going to change the lives of the workers we sought to protect in this case.”

The settlement comes nearly a year after the city attorney’s office filed a lawsuit alleging employees at the two carwashes were paid as little as $45 a day for 10 hours or more of work with no overtime pay or breaks. The suit said the two businesses falsified payroll records to underreport the work hours of about 60 employees.

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