LOS ANGELES (AP) — Clothing maker Joe’s Jeans has paid nearly $159,000 after federal investigators said one of its contractors failed to pay minimum wage to 110 garment workers.

The U.S. Labor Department announced Monday that Joe’s Jeans paid two years of back wages for employees of a Los Angeles-based contractor called Angel’s Finishing Inc. The contractor and its owners were fined about $41,000.

The Labor Department says Angel’s Finishing employees were paid for piecework and didn’t receive a minimum wage or overtime. The contractor worked exclusively for Joe’s Jeans finishing clothing that went to department stores around the nation, including Macy’s, Bloomingdale’s and Nordstrom.

An e-mail seeking comments from Commerce-based Joe’s Jeans wasn’t immediately returned.

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