Jun. 27, 2013

EMPLOYERS WHO OWE UNPAID WAGES RARELY PAY UP

EMPLOYERS WHO OWE UNPAID WAGES RARELY PAY UP

 

Workers Cheated Out of Wages Unable to Hold Employers Accountable; Company Machinations Make it Tough to Collect

 

LOS ANGELES— Over 83 percent of workers in California are unable to hold employers accountable and recover their unpaid wages after receiving a legal judgment in their favor, according to a groundbreaking study by the National Employment Law Project and the UCLA Labor Center.  The study, Hollow Victories: The Crisis in Collecting Unpaid Wages for California’s Workersexposes the challenges that workers face in collecting wages owed from their employers—even after state authorities rule in the workers’ favor and order employers to pay.  The report was released Thursday morning at a live press event featuring workers who have tried to claim their unpaid wages, representatives from State Assembly Member Bonnie Lowenthal’s office and labor leaders.

 

The first of its kind, the study finds that the majority 60 percent of businesses found liable for unpaid wages ultimately suspend, forfeit, cancel or dissolve their businesses, making it more difficult for employees to collect the wages they are owed.

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Nov. 28, 2012

Immigrant Hilton Hotel Workers Reach Major Settlement Over Workplace Violations

Congratulations to the UC Irvine School of Law Immigrant Rights Clinic and the Legal Aid Society-Employment Law Center!

LONG BEACH, Calif. Eighteen hotel employees reached a $130,000 settlement with HEI Hotels and Resorts over denial of meal and rest breaks required by California law. The settlement arose from claims filed with the California Division of Labor Standards Enforcement by employees of the Hilton Long Beach and Executive Meeting Center, owned and managed by HEI.

In hearings before the Labor Commissioner, workers described facing direct pressure from supervisors to work through meals and to skip rest breaks to keep up with increasingly heavy workloads. Some employees suffered injuries due to the unremitting nature of their work. Employees in the hotel’s kitchen, restaurant, room service, banquet services and housekeeping departments stepped forward to participate in the legal action. Most of the workers are “back of the house” monolingual Spanish speakers.

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FILED UNDER: Immigrant Workers | State Departments of Labor | Wage Theft

Aug. 9, 2012

Walmart Workers Paint Graphic Picture of Working Conditions Throughout Supply Chain

Walmart Workers Paint Graphic Picture of Working Conditions Throughout Supply Chain

LOS ANGELES – Workers representing four links in Walmart’s global supply chain – food production, processing, warehousing and retail – today filed a formal ethics complaint with Walmart’s corporate executives in Los Angeles. The complaint outlines systemic violations of Walmart’s own Statement of Ethics and Standards for Suppliers.

Standing in front of the proposed site of a Walmart store in Los Angeles’ Chinatown, workers and supporters described working conditions that include enslavement, injury, hazardous equipment, retaliatory firings and chemical exposure in the production, transport and sale of Walmart merchandise.

“This is a pattern. No matter the country, no matter the workplace, no matter the worker, we see that Walmart and its contractors’ deny responsibility, ignore serious problems and fire workers who stand up for change. This behavior should not be rewarded with more stores,” said Guadalupe Palma, a campaign director with Warehouse Workers United, an organization committed to improving warehousing jobs in the Inland Empire.

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FILED UNDER: Enforcement of Workplace Standards | Support for Wage Campaigns by Worker Centers and Unions | Immigrant Workers | Wage Theft | Worker Centers

Jun. 7, 2012 | Posted by: Eunice Cho

Immigrant Worker News Updates, June 7, 2012

UAW, Coalition Commit to Overturning Alabama’s Immigration Law [Detroit News

Law Giving Domestic Workers More Rights Slow to Take Hold [WNYC]

Alabama Law Becomes Even More Anti-Immigrant While Doing Nothing To Create Jobs [HuffPost

Unwelcome Guests: Work Visa Programs Cheat Global Labor, Build Global Capital [In These Times]

Workplace Whistleblower Gets Temporary Deportation Reprieve [HuffPost

Mexican Guest Workers Claim Wal-Mart Supplier Stole Their Wages [International Business Times]

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FILED UNDER: Domestic/Homecare Workers | Guestworkers | Immigrant Workers | Immigration | Immigration Reform | Wage Theft

Jun. 6, 2012 | Posted by: Eunice Cho

NELP Report: Walmart’s Domestic Outsourcing Spawns Rampant Labor Violations Pay and Safety Abuses in

NELP Report: Walmart’s Domestic Outsourcing Spawns Rampant Labor Violations Pay and Safety Abuses in

Oakland, CA—A new report released today by the National Employment Law Project shows that the subcontracting practices of retail giants like Walmart are contributing to rampant workplace violations—including health, safety, and wage-and-hour abuses—affecting thousands of workers who load and unload consumer goods at the nation’s largest distri­bution hubs. 

The report presents the latest evidence that Walmart, facing increasing scrutiny from federal lawsuits and government investigations, bears direct ties to and control over the subcontractors and third-party employers that handle much of the company’s domestically outsourced work.

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FILED UNDER: Immigrant Workers | Low-Wage Workers | Wage Theft

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