Wage Theft Public Awareness Campaign
"Wage Theft Is A Crime" is a statewide public awareness campaign launched in 2014 by the California Department of Industrial Relations and its Labor Commissioner's Office. Strategically targeting the most underserved population of low-wage workers, the campaign addresses:
- How to identify wage theft,
- Workers' rights and employers' responsibilities related to wage and hour as well as other labor laws, and
- How to take action to fight wage theft.
Funding for this outreach campaign is mandated by the legislature and does not come from the state's general fund. Under California Labor Code section 2698, a portion of money received from lawsuits filed due to violations of the state's labor laws is earmarked for educating employers and employees about their rights and responsibilities.