Federal officials in cities around the country are cracking down on cleaning companies who are allegedly violating minimum wage and overtime requirements. The U.S. Labor Department is after more than 1.8 million dollars in unpaid wages from a Southern California contractor, a settlement that would affect an estimated 380 workers. In a similar case in Portland, officials are after almost $85,000 to support the work of roughly 365 cleaning professionals.

According to the Labor Department, the California company failed to keep accurate records of hours worked, but is committed to paying the wages that were earned by workers. The Portland contractor denies any wrongdoing, which attracted the aid of the Service Employees International Union. The employer claims that the only reason they are being forced to pay the back wages is because the union has additional resources on their side to fight the case.

To learn more about these two cases, click here (California) and here (Portland).