IR #07-63
December 20, 2007

Dean Fryer
Kate McGuire
(415) 703-5050

State Labor Commissioner donates clothes at Los Angeles homeless shelter

Los Angeles– California Labor Commissioner Angela Bradstreet personally distributed clothing worth more than $25,000 to the LA Family Housing shelter, putting to charitable use clothes confiscated during enforcement sweeps of garment manufacturers operating illegally in Los Angeles and surrounding counties.

“I am delighted to be able to donate these clothes to women and children who will really need them,” said Bradstreet.  “This helps individuals and families who lack some of life's necessities and highlights the penalties this office will impose on underground employers who undermine California’s economy."

Over the last year, enforcement conducted by the Labor Commissioner’s office and the Economic and Employment and Enforcement Coalition resulted in the confiscation of women’s and children’s clothing. The confiscations were from businesses that violated California labor laws that require proper registration with the State.

Since 1993, the Department of Industrial Relations has donated clothes valued at more then $2 million to the Shelter Partnership Inc. which are then distributed to the 200 homeless and domestic violence shelters that are served by the Shelter Partnership Inc. The partnership then provides donations to the LA Family Housing shelter through their Shelter Resource Bank.

"We are delighted to have this wonderful long-standing partnership with the State Labor Commissioner resulting in these confiscated goods being made available to our community's 73,000 homeless individuals and families, one-quarter of whom are parents with their children," said Ruth Schwartz, Founder and Executive Director of Shelter Partnership.

Under the law, the confiscated clothing items are required to be placed in storage and for 45 days to be “disposed” of or “destroyed”. These items, however, may be donated to nonprofit organizations including religious, charitable, social, and for educational purposes, provided that the organizations agree that these items will not be resold.

Commissioner Bradstreet distributed clothing that included women’s dresses, blouses, T-shirts, sweaters, jackets and children’s clothing.

The labor commissioner’s office adjudicates wage claims, investigates discrimination and public works complaints, and enforces state labor law and Industrial Welfare Commission wage orders. To learn more about the functions of the California Labor Commissioner, visit our Web site at