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L.A. lawmakers consider creating a unit to crack down on wage theft
L.A. lawmakers consider creating a unit to crack down on wage theft

As Los Angeles lawmakers considers hiking the citywide minimum wage to $13.25 or $15.25, they are pushing to create a new city office that could crack down on employers who break those wage rules. "Stealing wages from working men and women is just wrong. It's disgraceful. And the end begins today," Councilman Gil Cedillo said at a Tuesday meeting. Labor groups have argued that a local office would give the city more muscular ways to enforce rules against shorting employees, which they say is especially important as L.A. weighs a higher wage. Though the state of California has its own mechanisms to punish wage theft -- which can include paying less than minimum wage and...

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