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Ending Wage Theft in Los Angeles

Ending Wage Theft in Los Angeles

Idea submitted in the My LA2050 Maker Challenge by Koreatown Immigrant Worker Alliance

We seek to increase the resilience of low wage workers and their industries in LA by improving the enforcement of basic labor protections. We will design and pilot a wage theft prevention tool to help predict when and where wage theft occurs, so that City officials may wisely allocate resources to protect workers’ wages, and responsible employers from unfair competition. We will also produce industry case studies, to identify and learn from employers who create quality employment.


In what areas of Los Angeles will you be directly working?

  • City of Los Angeles

How do you plan to use these resources to make change?

  • Conduct research
  • Engage residents and stakeholders
  • Implement a pilot or new project
  • Advocate with policymakers and leaders

How will your proposal improve the following “Live” metrics?

  • Number of households below the self-sufficiency index
  • Percentage of LA communities that are resilient (Dream Metric)

Please explain how you will evaluate your work.

Our evaluation will answer three questions:

Does this save time?

Does this accurately predict violators and high road employers?

Does this help community based organizations and wage enforcement agencies allocate resources more effectively?

These questions will be measured through qualitative interviews with wage enforcement officials and community organizations, as well as with quantitative results from the prediction model.

How can the LA2050 community and other stakeholders help your proposal succeed?

  • Publicity/awareness (social capital)
  • Network/relationship support