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Employers of low-wage workers in Los Angeles lead the nation in wage theft. The garment industry is notorious, and last week the state Labor Commissioner cited 35 carwashes for stealing $1.3 million from their workers.

Also, malnourished or dying sea lion pups are washing up on the beaches of California in much larger numbers than in past years. We hear why, and what’s being done to keep as many alive as possible.

Photo: Zeetz Jones

Producers:
Katie Cooper
Benjamin Gottlieb

Los Angeles: The Nation's Capital of Wage Theft 16 MIN, 14 SEC

Employers of low-wage workers in Los Angeles lead the nation for making employees work through breaks, for failing to pay the minimum wage, much less overtime --- and for taking illegal deductions. The garment industry is notorious, and last week the state Labor Commissioner cited 35 carwashes -- from El Monte to Compton to Santa Clarita -- for stealing $1.3 million from 400 employees.

Guests:
Tia Koonse, UCLA Labor Center (@UCLALabor )
Julie Su, California State Commission of Labor (@CA_DIR)
Chris Buscaglia, Western Carwash Association (@WCA12)

More:
California Labor Commission on the underground economy
Labor Enforcement Task Force 2015 Report
UCLA Labor Center's 2010 report on wage theft and workplace violations in Los Angeles
Clean Carwash Campaign

Sick and Starving Sea Lion Pups Wash Up in Record Numbers 6 MIN, 22 SEC

Sick and dying sea lion pups are washing up on the shores of California in much larger numbers than usual. Last week there were 1,200 taken to facilities throughout the state. The Marina Mammal Care Center at Fort MacArthur in San Pedro has taken in 300 sick and dying pups since the beginning of the year. David Bard is Director of Operations.

Guests:
David Bard, Marine Mammal Care Center (@1marinemammal)

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