Investigating Wage Theft Solutions: When workers win judgments but bosses still don't pay

SACRAMENTO – When a business loses its food permit, you may assume it's because of a health code violation. But in a growing number of California counties, it could be in response to wage theft.

In collaboration with CalMatters, we're investigating wage theft in California: Employers, essentially stealing money from their workers.

Californians file tens of thousands of wage theft claims a year ranging from stolen tips to minimum wage and overtime violations.  Now a CalMatters data analysis reveals, that even after workers win wage theft judgments against their boss, many still don't get paid.

Meanwhile, a pilot program in Santa Clara County is having great success getting employers to pay outstanding wage theft judgments. Could it be expanded to offer a state-wide solution? We're getting answers. 

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