Assembly Judiciary Committee Moves Wage Theft Recovery Act Forward

Sacramento, CA – The California Fair Paycheck Coalition and the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) California released the following statement from Alexandra Suh, Executive Director of the Koreatown Immigrant Workers Alliance (KIWA) following the Assembly Judiciary’s vote to approve AB 2416, the Wage Theft Recovery Act (Stone).

“The California Fair Paycheck Coalition applauds members of the Assembly Judiciary committee who stood up for the simple principle that every hour worked must be an hour paid.

“On paper, California has strong labor laws, but without stronger tools for workers to recover wages stolen by their employers, our rules amount to little more than the honor system. Wage theft is a crime that costs California families and communities billions of dollars and puts honest businesses at risk.

“The Wage Theft Recovery Act, AB 2416, creates a clear standard that prevents unscrupulous businesses from ducking their responsibility to pay workers, and levels the playing field for honest companies that play by the rules.”

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KIWA is among the dozens of labor, community, and worker’s advocacy groups who form the California Fair Paycheck Coalition. Other members include the Service Employees International Union, California Labor Federation, California Immigrant Policy Center, National Employment Law Project, Graton Day Labor Center, the Garment Worker Center, the Wage Justice Center and La Raza Centro Legal.

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