The County of Santa Clara launches the Food Permit Enforcement Program


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As a result of the Santa Clara County Wage Theft Coalition’s advocacy and recommendations in its 2014 Wage Theft Report,, The County of Santa Clara launched the Food Permit Enforcement Program, a new enforcement tool to help fight for worker rights and fair wages. The County’s Office of Labor Standards Enforcement (OLSE) and the Department of Environmental Health (DEH) launched the Food Permit Enforcement Program, through which OLSE and DEH will exercise the County’s authority to suspend food permits from vendors with outstanding wage theft judgments. The new program is one of several efforts OLSE is implementing to address a pervasive problem that is disproportionately affecting vulnerable employees, many of them immigrants, women and low-wage workers.

Milpitas City Council adopted Ordinance No. 295!


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As a result of the advocacy of the Santa Clara County Wage Theft Coalition, on March 20, 2018, Milpitas City Council adopted Ordinance No. 295 establishing a City-wide Wage Theft Policy. Now the City of San Jose, Sunnyvale, Milpitas, and Morgan Hill all have wage theft policies and ordinances.

The City of Milpitas issued the following press release which states in part:
All businesses in the City of Milpitas which are required to have a business license are subject to the new wage theft ordinance.

The new ordinance gives the City the ability to revoke or suspend the business license of any employer who refuses to pay their final court order or administrative action when found by a Local, State or Federal agency in violation of wage or hour laws. Without a business license an employer would effectively not be able to operate in the City of Milpitas.

We Did It! San Jose adopts the Wage Theft Ordinance unanimously!

Employers who have unsatisfied wage theft judgments can have their contracts and certain operational permits revoked in the City of San Jose!
Although Santa Clara County and Santa Clara Unified School District have both passed policies to prevent them from doing business with wage theft violators but San Jose went the extra step to go after deadbeat employers!

While we appreciate every Council member who voted in favor, we give particular thanks to Council members Magdalena Carrasco who championed this cause and Councilmembers Ash Kalra, Donald Rocha, Raul Peralez, and Johnny Khammis for their early support! We also want to thank Nina Grayson from the Office of Equality Assurance for her tireless work on this issue.

Here is Sameena Usman, Government Relations Coordinator,  speaking on behalf of CAIR advocating for the City of San Jose to adopt the Wage Theft Ordinance!
The City of San Jose has made a difference for workers in Santa Clara County. We hope to see other South Bay cities follow your leadership and enact similar policies and ordinances.

5/29 – Community Town Hall on Wage Theft

Wage Theft Coalition


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Community Town Hall on Wage Theft,

SB 588, and Local Efforts

Friday, May 29th, 2015

11:00 am

Our Lady of Guadalupe Church

McDonnell Hall

2020 East San Antonio Street San Jose, Ca

Wage Theft is a crime!

Find out how to stop Wage Theft!

Over $80 million dollars in wages have been
stolen from Bay Area workers.

Have you been a victim?

Co-Sponsored by Santa Clara County Wage Theft Coalition, SEIU-USWW, Working Partnerships USA and the Office of City Councilmember Magdalena Carrasco

For more info: Rebeca Armendariz

408-280-7770 or



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21 January 2015

Media Contact:

Ruth Silver Taube



San Jose, California -The Santa Clara County Wage Theft Coalition is holding a press conference on Saturday, January 24th, 2015 from 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. at Crazy Buffet, 830 East El Camino Avenue, Sunnyvale to demand that the restaurant satisfy the Santa Clara County Superior Court wage theft judgment  for wages owed to Jose Santos Rivera and to work with the Labor Commission to ensure that Crazy Buffet satisfies the 20 other wage theft judgments against it on file in Santa Clara County Superior Court.

According to a November 25, 2014 press release, California Labor Commissioner, Julie Su, issued a citation for $1.6 million against Crazy Buffet within the last 2 years and citations for minimum wage violations in 2007 and 2010.On January 12, 2014, the Labor Commission held another citation hearing against Crazy Buffet seeking almost $100,000,000 in fines.

“We want to let Crazy Buffet know that we won’t tolerate any wage theft in Santa Clara County, let alone this kind of outrageous wage theft,,” said Ruth Silver Taube, Co- Chair of the Coalition’s Policy Committee and Supervising Attorney of the Workers’ Rights Clinic at the Katharine & George Alexander Community Law Center  “We urge everyone to attend the rally and press conference and support the workers who are victims of wage theft.”

“This is the first of ongoing actions we will be conducting to let irresponsible businesses know that they cannot continue exploiting workers,” said Michael Tayag, an organizer with PAWIS (Pilipino Association of Workers and Immigrants) and Outreach Co-Chair of the Coalition.

“Wage theft is a crime.  It hurts workers, their families, and responsible businesses who can’t compete with wage theft violators who don’t pay workers.  Wage theft must stop,” said Adriana Garcia, a MAIZ and SIREN Board member and co-chair of the Coalition’s Outreach Committee.


There is parking in front of Crazy Buffet and in the Safeway parking lot across the road. Program will be provided on the day of.


The Santa Clara County Wage Theft Coalition addresses wage theft in Santa Clara County. Its primary goal is to create an environment where workers are paid the wages they earn and responsible businesses do not face unfair competition because of illegal practices.  The Coalition seeks to strengthen member organizations that support workers by bringing visibility to their efforts and to workers’ stories.  The Santa Clara County Wage Theft Coalition, convened in 2013 at the Katharine and George Alexander Community Law Center, includes community-based and worker-based organizations, legal advocacy organizations,, unions, and other entities:

Active Members include:

·    Asian Americans for Community Involvement

·    International Children Assistance Network

·    Katharine & George Alexander Community Law Center

·    Movimiento de Acción, Inspirando Servicio

·    Mountain View Day Laborer Center

·    Pilipino Association of Workers and Immigrants

·    9TO5

·    Services, Immigrant Rights, & Education Network

·    Workplace Justice Initiative

·    CAIR

·    WorkSafe

·    Justice at Work Law Group

·    Working Partnerships USA

·    Laborers’ Local 270

·    Santa Clara Building Trades Council

.    International Migrants Alliance