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Sweatshops In California – More than 1,500 garment workers are owed over $3 million in unpaid wage

WORKERS in the California garment industry are enduring poor working conditions and Californiainsufficient pay, the US Department of Labour has found. More than 1,500 Southern California garment workers are owed over $3 million in unpaid wages, the government department found following a year-long survey – which also concluded that American companies Nasty Gal, Macy’s, Nordstrom and JC Penney, among others, were producing garments in the factories concerned.

The workplaces had “all the features of a sweatshop,” David Weil, administrator of the department’s Wage and Hour Division, told The Fashion Law. Although minimum wage in the state of California is $9 per hour, the report found that some sewing workers were earning nine cents per piece of clothing stitched.

“Fierce competition in the garment industry leads many contract shops to lower the cost of their services, frequently at the expense of workers’ wages,” Weil added. “When workers don’t receive the wages to which they are legally entitled, they can’t afford the basics, like food, rent and child care.”

Chosen excerpts by Job Market Monitor. Read the whole story at Sweatshops In California Below Minimum Wage Poor Working Conditions (Vogue.com UK).

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2 thoughts on “Sweatshops In California – More than 1,500 garment workers are owed over $3 million in unpaid wage

  1. It is not fare to make people work on no wage at all. This corruption should stop but when? Situations like this keep happen all over the world and I don’t see the end of it.
    There is a similar situation with Primark (the leading cheap UK clothes’ brand) where loads of innocent people have to work more than 12 hours per day without having money even for food.
    If you’re interested in that topic you can have a look here: https://ethicsengagement.wordpress.com/2014/12/19/primark-buy-fair-fight-slavery/

    Posted by Ethics PR | January 8, 2015, 9:39 am
  2. Reblogged this on Ethics…We care! DO YOU? and commented:
    Sweatshops must be forbidden!

    Posted by Ethics PR | January 8, 2015, 9:42 am

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