UCLA Labor Center


Overcooked & Underserved: The Challenges of Koreatown’s Restaurant Workers


This report analyzes the labor and housing conditions of immigrant workers in Koreatown’s restaurants.

Nailing New Labor Models: Exploring Sectoral Boards and High Road Training Partnerships in the Nail Salon Sector


This report explores two approaches, High Road Training Partnerships (HRTPs) and sectoral boards, to addressing workplace needs across the nail salon industry.

Fast-Food Frontline: COVID-19 and Working Conditions in Los Angeles


This report is the first in the nation to provide an in-depth portrait of COVID-19 safety compliance through the lens of fast-food workers themselves. It finds that fast-food workers in Los Angeles County are at higher risk of contracting COVID-19, in addition to facing difficult work conditions that became more acute during the pandemic. This report expands on an industry analysis conducted last year on working conditions in fast-food restaurants.

Profile of Domestic Workers in California


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


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

Struggles and Support: California’s Homecare Employers


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


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.



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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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.