Senator De León to Join Hundreds of Workers in Rally Against Wage Theft

Coalition urges Senate to pass De León’s SB 588 by Friday deadline

Media Alert for Monday, June 1 @ 11:00 am
Visuals: Obstacle Course Illustrates Challenges Workers Face in Collecting Stolen Pay

Sacramento, CA — State Senate President pro Tempore Kevin De León will join hundreds of workers and community advocates at the California State Capitol to rally support for his legislation, SB 588, that would crack down on wage theft, a widespread crime that keeps families in poverty.

SB 588, The Fair Day’s Pay Act would finally give teeth to existing laws that prohibit businesses from paying workers for fewer hours than they actually worked, paying less than the minimum wage, or skirting overtime pay requirements. Some employers brazenly flout these laws, knowing workers face a difficult process ever collecting wages they’re owed under current law.

The current system for enforcing these important labor protections simply is not working. For example:

  • The UCLA Labor Center estimates that more than $1.3 billion in wages were stolen in 2014 in Los Angeles County alone.
  • The California Division of Labor Standards Enforcement found that between 2008 and 2011, 83 percent of workers who won wage claims in court were never paid even a dime.
  • Wage theft disproportionately affects the most vulnerable, including low-wage workers, immigrants and women.

SB 588 (De León) faces a floor vote in the Senate this week. This bill improves enforcement by:

  • Targeting deadbeat businesses that have failed to pay wages even after a court order.
  • Enabling state officials to hold individuals responsible for wage theft
  • Preventing “shell game” practices where employers hide behind subcontractors or change business names to avoid paying workers
  • Making it easier for the state Labor Commissioner to collect unpaid wages on behalf of workers

WHO:

  • Senator Kevin De León
  • Workers who have experienced wage theft
  • Members of the California Fair Paycheck Coalition

WHAT: Hundreds of workers rally in support of SB 588

WHEN: Monday, June 1, 11:00 am

WHERE:

    California State Capitol grounds,
    L Street side between 12th and 13th Streets (Area 22)

Visuals: Obstacle Course Illustrates Challenges Workers Face in Collecting Stolen Pay

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