UCLA Labor Center

Reports

Profile of Domestic Workers in California

2020

This report provides a profile of domestic workers in California—who they are, where they live and work, and the economic vulnerabilities they face.

California’s Hero Labor Law: The Private Attorneys General Act Fights Wage Theft and Recovers Millions from Lawbreaking Corporations

2020

PAGA empowers workers to defend their labor rights, collecting millions for the workers, plus funding enforcement.

Struggles and Support: California’s Homecare Employers

2017

As of 2015, half a million Californians employed homecare workers. This study provides an understanding of homecare employers’ challenges, needs and employment practices in California.

Dirty Threads, Dangerous Factories: Health and Safety in Los Angeles’ Fashion Industry

2016

Los Angeles houses the largest cut and sew apparel base in the U.S. and is the center of the country’s garment manufacturing industry. This report provides insights into the health, safety and environmental conditions of these garment factories. The report was based upon 307 surveys with garment workers in 2015.

I am a #YOUNGWORKER

2015

Young people work to live, not to play. Study that reveals precarious conditions young workers experience in Los Angeles.

Hanging by a Thread! Los Angeles Garment Workers’ Struggle to Access Quality Care for their Children

2015

The report documents findings from a worker-led study, in which Garment Worker Center members, and student supporters, conducted a survey with local garment workers about their child care needs and the barriers they encounter. 

Los Angeles Rising: A City That Works for Everyone

2015

A report from the Economic Roundtable, the UCLA Labor Center, and the UCLA Institute for Research on Labor and Employment assesses the benefits and consequences of raising Los Angeles’s minimum wage to $15.25.

Health Impact Assessment of the Proposed Los Angeles Wage Theft Ordinance

2014

Human Impact Partners examines the health impact of wage theft in the city of Los Angeles. A partnership with the Los Angeles Coalition Against Wage Theft.

ABA Commission on Hispanic Legal Rights and Responsibilities

2014

Low-wage workers experience labor violations regardless of their occupation or industry work. Therefore, this research project conducted by the wage theft report identifies policy efforts that would improve the conditions of low-wage workers.

Hollow Victories: The Crisis in Collecting Unpaid Wages for California’s Workers

2013

This report examines the challenges that workers have in recovering their hard-earned wages after winning a judgement in a wage theft case.

Wage Theft and Workplace Violations in Los Angeles

2010

This report focuses on the results of a survey of more than 4,000 workers in low-wage industries. Among its findings, every week in Los Angeles low-wage workers lose $26.2 million dollars in wage theft violations.

Broken Laws, Unprotected Workers

2009

A landmark survey of 4,387 workers in low-wage industries in the three largest U.S. cities—Chicago, Los Angeles, and New York City. The first national study on wage theft.