Cleaning airplanes is an arduous task, only made more difficult when you are not getting paid for it. Most days, Elsa Castaneda a mother of four, puts in eight to ten hours as an airplane cleaner at LAX, but has yet to see her paycheck reflect her timesheet. Often times she is paid for only six to eight hours of work. Over the past two years, the company she works for has withheld around seven thousand dollars of her earnings. “I’m a victim of wage theft because the company wouldn’t give us all our hours that we worked at the airport and they also wouldn’t give us breaks or lunch periods,” Castaneda says.

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