Wage theft runs especially rampant in California’s restaurant industry and these workers are highly susceptible to worthless wage judgments. Some estimates found restaurant workers account for up to 10% of wage claims filed with the Labor Commissioner each year.
Although wage theft is a nationwide epidemic crossing various industries, this Comment explores the wage theft crisis in the context of low-wage restaurant workers and the obstacles they face when recovering unpaid wages. This Comment argues that a self-help prejudgment wage lien tool is an ideal solution to ensure restaurant workers can collect unpaid wages.
Comment: Ensuring Wages for California Restaurant Workers: Utilizing The Self-Help Prejudgment Wage Lien Tool, 52 Golden Gate U. L. Rev.