Research

Health Impact Assessment of the Proposed Los Angeles Wage Theft Ordinance (2014)

Human Impact Partners examines the health impact of wage theft in Los Angeles. According to their findings, wage theft results in less income and free time, and deteriorating living conditions of affected workers. These conditions are associated with chronic illnesses such as diabetes, hypertension, and poor mental health.

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Broken Laws, Unprotected Workers (2009)

A landmark national survey of 4,387 workers in low-wage industries in the three largest U.S. cities–Chicago, Los Angeles, and New York City. Included amongst the most startling revelations is that 60% of workers are underpaid by at least a dollar an hour.

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Hollow Victories: The Crisis in Collecting Unpaid Wages (2013)

Workers who experience wage theft face serious challenges in recovering their hard-earned wages. To a worker who has lost hundreds, if not thousands of dollars in unpaid wages, winning a judgement is often at best a hollow victory. In California, 83% of workers who win a judgment never see a dime of their stolen wages…

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Wage Theft and Workplace Violations in Los Angeles (2010)

Based on the data collected from the “Broken Laws, Unprotected Workers” report, this focuses on the data for L.A. County. According to its findings, every week in Los Angeles, low-wage workers lose $26.2 million in wage theft violations.

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