IR #07-65
December 21, 2007

Dean Fryer
Kate McGuire
(415) 703-5050

State Labor Commissioner donates clothing to those in need

Oakland – December 21, 2007— California Labor Commissioner Angela Bradstreet personally distributed clothing worth more than $4,000 the St. Vincent de Paul Society Visitation Center for Women.

“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.

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, turtle neck shirts, t-shirts, sweaters, jackets, and children’s clothing.

The DLSE 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