IR # 97-39
Friday, July 18, 1997

Rick Rice
(415) 972-8835

Labor Commissioner Targets Industrial Homework

SAN FRANCISCO -- Investigators from the California Division of Labor Standards Enforcement today concluded a two-day investigation that targeted seven homes in Los Angeles County where garments were allegedly being illegally manufactured.

"Industrial homework involving the manufacture of garments is illegal and undermines the integrity of the garment industry," said John Duncan, acting Director of the Department of Industrial Relations. "This activity contributes to the underground economy and puts law abiding contractors and manufacturers at a competitive disadvantage," he said.

"We find very often that the contractors who take part in this clandestine activity are hiding it not only from law enforcement officials, but from other contractors and manufacturers as well," Duncan added.

Acting on tips, investigators from DLSE obtained warrants to enter seven homes located in Cudahay, El Monte , Glendale, Los Angeles and Rosemead, all in Los Angeles County

A total of thirty bags of clothing were confiscated by investigators at the homes. The clothing was allegedly being fabricated by homeworkers for seven different garment contractors. Those contractors are now being informed of the findings of the investigation and the extent of their violations are being determined.