“Wage Theft” Hearing: Supervisors Target Businesses that Stiff Workers on Back Pay

San Francisco supervisors plan to hold a hearing tomorrow on how the city can crack down on “wage theft” — the practice of employers stiffing workers for overtime, sick pay, or even minimum wage.

Supervisors David Campos and Eric Mar are sponsoring the hearing, which will take place at 10 a.m. in Room 263 at City Hall before the Government Audit and Oversight Committee. A rally will be held beforehand outside City Hall, with Board of Supervisors President David Chiu and Supervisor John Avalos attending, along with workers' rights activists.

San Francisco has a watchdog agency that's supposed to be policing wage abuses — the Office of Labor Standards Enforcement. This agency has recovered almost $4.2 million in back wages for 2,600 people since it was created in 2004.

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