LA Wage Theft HIA

Human Impact Partners worked with the Los Angeles Coalition Against Wage Theft to produce a Health Impact Assessment on the proposed wage theft ordinance. Creating an ordinance to curb wage theft has the potential to improve the health of low-wage workers and well-being of their families. The HIA finds that wage theft decreases income which impedes workers from providing adequate housing for their families or falling behind on rent, experiencing food insecurity and opting for foods lower in nutritional value, and unable to afford other basic living needs. These conditions exacerbate stress levels that workers already experience from abusive work environments, often leading to anxiety, sleep deprivation or insomnia, and even depression. Wage theft also increases time poverty; people are time poor when they work long hours and would fall deeper into financial poverty if they reduce the number of hours worked. Time poverty leaves workers with little to no time for leisure, personal care, and time with family. An ordinance has the potential to curb wage theft and alleviate these poor health conditions that low-wage workers and their families experience.