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Los Angeles Workers and Activists Rally at City Hall to Protest Wage Theft

November 19, 2010

In a recent blog, our Riverside employment attorneys discussed the introduction of the Wage Theft Prevention and Community Partnership Act into Congress by Illinois Congressman Phil Hare in September, to combat the practice of "wage theft" and systematic pay-related labor and employment violations in low-wage professions across the country.

Yesterday, in Los Angeles, California, as well as other U.S. cities, low-income workers and wage and hour activists staged a National Day of Action Against Wage Theft. The Los Angeles rally was held in front of Los Angeles City Hall, in an effort to focus attention on low-workers like domestic workers, garment workers, service industry employees, taxi drivers, and day laborers, among others, who are robbed of wages that they are legally entitled to. The activists were organized by Interfaith Worker Justice and supported by labor groups across the country.

As our Fullerton employment attorneys reported in a recent blog, wage theft is a huge problem, as revealed in a 2009 study performed by researchers at UCLA called "Broken Laws, Unprotected Workers," that surveyed more than 4,000 low-wages workers and exposed comprehensive financial discrimination. Low-wage workers in Los Angeles, California were found to be routinely paid less than minimum wage, denied overtime compensation and access to workman's compensation.

The study claimed that low-wage workers often lose around 15% of income per week that they are legally entitled to because employers cheat them out of their salaries. Other violations include refusing to pay overtime that is legally required, forcing laborers to work off the clock, employee misclassification, and workers not receiving their last paychecks, or not being paid at all.

Wage theft activists declared yesterday, November 18th a "national day of action" to bring attention and awareness to the problem, and inspire laws across the country that can target the wage theft crisis.

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Workers Rally at City Hall to Protest Employers Who Cheat Them, The Los Angeles Times, November 18, 2010

National Day of Action Against Wage Theft, Interfaith Worker Justice Press Release, November 18, 2010

Major Legislation to Combat Wage Theft Introduced Today: Federal Bill Would Strengthen Worker Advocates, Interfaith Worker Justice Press Release, September 29, 2010

Hare Introduces Bill to Combat Wage Theft, Congressman Phil Hare Press Release, September 29, 2010

Related Web Resources:

Department of Labor (DOL): Wage and Hour Division (WHD)