IR #2003-2
Tuesday, March 25, 2003

Dean Fryer
Susan Gard

Media Advisory
Department of Industrial Relations representatives available for interviews on agricultural workplaces

Event -In honor of Cesar Chavez Day, wage, hour, safety and health experts from the Department of Industrial Relations will be available to discuss the workplace rights of agricultural employees.

Date, time and location
March 25 through April 1. Specific times and locations can be arranged.

Special information
Agricultural production is one of the four most hazardous industries in California and is one in which the largely Latino, immigrant workforce has historically been exploited. In spite of these facts, the Department of Industrial Relations receives few complaints from agricultural workers. That's why Cal/OSHA, the state's premier safety and health agency, and the Division of Labor Standards Enforcement (DLSE) are reaching out to agricultural workers to help them understand their rights in situations they face every day. Informed workers are better able to stick up for themselves and demand proper treatment.

Topics that can be covered include: