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State Assembly passes controversial wage theft bill
State Assembly passes controversial wage theft bill

A bill that would give victims of wage theft the power to file property liens against employers passed the state Assembly on Wednesday amid strong debate. AB 2415 by Assemblyman Mark Stone (D-Scotts Valley) is sponsored by the Service Employees Internatonal Union, which argues that low-wage workers need more effective means to to recover back pay. Liens are needed because many workers who win claims for back pay from the state Labor Commissioner's Office often can't collect their awards. "We have a long-standing history of wage theft in California,"  Stone said during the floor debate. "It's time to give employees, especially the lowest-paid employees...

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