At the recent February 12th Los Angeles Wage Theft Coalition action, workers, community members, and labor leaders demonstrated at City Hall and shared their stories through social media.
Dondi Manzon was one of the many workers outside City Hall. Demonstrators sang and chanted. Equipped with oversized colorful hearts and chocolates, a group of workers delivered valentines to City Council. Their message: stop breaking our hearts– end wage theft today. Read SCOPE’s recap of the day.
Manzon worked for 5 and a half years as an EMT and had thousands of dollars worth of his overtime pay stolen.
“That’s money I’ve earned saving lives of people all over Los Angeles county,” said Manzon. “We need Los Angeles to show some love to those of us who do the hard work in this city.”
Wage theft is the illegal practice of not paying workers for all of their work including; violating minimum wage laws, not paying overtime, forcing workers to work off the clock, and much more. Los Angeles is the wage theft capital of the nation, with low-wage workers losing $26.2 million in wage theft violations every week.