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Enforcing Workers’ Rights in San Diego

San Diego has had several recent news stories about investigations of wage theft and COVID-related paid sick leave violations affecting hundreds of workers. A San Diego drywall company failed to pay overtime to 500+ workers, a San Diego construction company was cited $1.7 million for wage theft violations, and a grocery chain was cited over $1.1 million for failing to pay or delaying paid sick leave to 240 workers affected by COVID-19. 

These cases are just the tip of the iceberg, but they affirm the need to protect workers’ rights, hold corporations accountable, and fight for better wages and working conditions for workers. That is why we have been fighting so hard for Offices of Labor Standards & Enforcement at the City of San Diego and County of San Diego.  

Now, we need your help to make sure workers really get justice by ensuring these newly formed offices are worker-centered, not industry controlled and by having staff that proactively investigate firms in industries with high rates of violations. The city and county are currently hiring for leadership positions at these offices and we are currently working on several worker protection policies. Please stay tuned for upcoming opportunities to take action with us and thank you for joining the fight for economic justice.  

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Written by CPI San Diego