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A $525,000 Settlement Ends a Labour Dispute at an Irwindale Hot Sauce Factory

A former worker at a spicy sauce manufacturer in Irwindale is supporting the $525,000 settlement of a lawsuit she brought against the company on behalf of herself and roughly 120 other current and former workers who also claimed they were not paid for all hours worked.

In her November 2020 complaint against Huy Fong Foods Inc. in Los Angeles Superior Court under the Private Attorneys General Act of 2004, plaintiff Anna Valdez additionally asserted that she was forced to labor in very hot settings without air conditioning.

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In a sworn affidavit filed on Tuesday in support of the deal, Valdez adds, “I am aware that (Huy Fong Foods) rejects the accusations in this action and that there has been no determination that (the firm) is truly accountable for any of these alleged violations.”

Given the risks and uncertainties associated with continuing with the litigation, I have been apprised of the terms of the proposed settlement and agree that it is fair, reasonable, and in the best interests of the aggrieved employees.

Penalties under PAGA and the state Labor Code were sought in the lawsuit. At a status conference in December, Valdez’s counsel revealed the settlement agreement to Judge Christopher Lui, who is expected to rule on the matter on March 3.

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The company’s lawyers said in court documents that because Valdez “mainly worked as a janitor,” he should not be able to speak for workers who have different schedules and conditions.

Yet, Valdez claimed in her declaration that she and her coworkers did physical labor for minimum wage.

Valdez further, said that in many workplaces, “industrial fans that recirculated the hot air” were the only climate control solutions available.

To add insult to injury, “we were routinely denied timely meal and rest breaks and were never allowed a second meal period or a third rest break when we worked over 10 hours.”

According to the lawsuit, Valdez departed from the company in May 2020.

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Many people refer to Huy Fong’s Sriracha sauce as “rooster sauce” because of the rooster depicted on the label of its bottles.

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