SANTA CLARA COUNTY WAGE THEFT COALITION
Wage theft is the unlawful practice of paying workers less than minimum wage, failing to pay overtime, forcing workers to work off the clock, issuing paychecks that bounce, stealing tips, denying legally required meal and rest breaks, misclassifying workers as independent contractors, and not paying workers at all. Even when workers exercise their rights, they face illegal retaliation. Even when workers win awards, it is hard to collect. In 2012-2013, the Labor Commission awarded $8,413,242.19 to workers for wage theft violations, but workers could collect only $2,817,589.70.
WAGE THEFT IMPACTS HUNDREDS OF SANTA CLARA COUNTY WORKERS
Wage theft hurts workers, their families, and the taxpayer. It forces worker to seek County assistance, and it affects public health. It constitutes unfair competition that hurts decent employers. When workers, community organizations, honest employers, legal service workers, and labor unions work together, we can stop wage theft. The Coalition seeks to raise awareness about the problem of wage theft in Santa Clara County through ongoing outreach and education. We support worker-led and community- based strategies that give workers and their allies more tools to prevent wage theft and recover stolen wages. We seek more effective enforcement of existing laws through wage theft ordinances with permit revocation and wage lien provisions.
Restaurants Opportunity Center
Santa Clara Office of Women’s Policy
Workplace Justice Initiative
Mountain View Day Laborer Center WorkSafe
Katharine & George Alexander Community Law Center’s
Workers’ Rights program
and other community organizations.