Andrew Edwards, Staff Writer
Posted: 01/28/2013 05:51:32 PM PST
Updated: 01/28/2013 06:14:17 PM PST

CHINO – California labor officials assessed more than $1.3 million in penalties against Quetico, a distribution center firm that California Labor Commissioner Julie A. Su accused of committing wage theft.

The state’s Division of Labor Standards Enforcement announced the citations against Quetico Monday. The penalties may be the largest the agency has ever assessed against a California warehouse operator, spokesman Peter Melton said.

“You’ll see that labor violations against warehouses has become a theme, but this is a big one,” Melton said.

Quetico did not return phone calls for this article.

In Chino, Quetico operates two warehouses enclosing 500,000 square feet of space in the 5500 block of Schaffer Avenue.

Labor officials say Quetico failed to pay employees’ overtime or provide required 30-minute meal times. The problems involved 865 warehouse employees.

Investigators traced the problems to Quetico requiring employees to punch in at the start of their shift, but only providing three time clocks for employees to clock in.

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