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Car wash workers hosed as wage-cheating owner declares bankruptcy

Car wash workers hosed as wage-cheating owner declares bankruptcy

Sabino Cervantes washed more than 10,000 cars a year for three years.

On Thursday, the 63-year-old hoped he'd finally get paid what he was owed for his hard work.

But the owner of the now-defunct Little Village Car Wash had other ideas.

On Wednesday — just a day before Cervantes and seven other immigrant car wash workers expected a Cook County judge to order their former boss to honor a finding by the Illinois Department of Labor that he'd cheated them out of more than $130,000 in overtime and other wages — the car wash's owner, Octavio Rodriguez, filed for bankruptcy.

"We live from day to day with barely enough...

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