EAST FLATBUSH - The owners of the Flatbush Gardens apartment complex have been slapped with 20 violations by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration for forcing employees to work in unsafe and unsanitary conditions.

Complaints from employees led OSHA to inspect the property. Among the violations found were basements filled with raw sewage, open wires and hanging electrical cords.

Employees, who have been shut out of work since last November after refusing pay cuts, claim they were never given protective gear to work in this environment. Management now faces about $51,000 in fines.

An OSHA spokesperson says Renaissance Equity Holdings, the management company that owns Flatbush Gardens, has until next Tuesday to respond to the violations, or else it will lose the right to appeal.