Report: Department Of Labor Finds Sweatshop-Like Conditions In California’s Garment Industry

Los Angeles garment workers generate nearly $1.5 billion in annual sales

  • The Southern California garment industry is under fire after a U.S. Department of Labor report uncovered the prevalence of labor rights violations.
  • According to the March 2023 report, violations in terms of paying minimum wage were found in 80 percent of investigations, and 64 percent of contractors failed to keep accurate time and pay records.
  • The Los Angeles garment industry is the largest in the U.S. and represents 83 percent of all garment manufacturing sales.
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