California Department of Justice

The mission of the Worker Rights and Fair Labor Section is to utilize the broad legal powers of the Office of the Attorney General to conduct investigations, litigation, and policy advocacy in order to combat systemic business practices that undermine the economic security, health and safety, and dignity of California workers, and to maintain a level playing field for legitimate businesses operating in the State. The Section’s investigations and prosecutions are focused on unlawful employment practices including, but not limited to, wage theft, independent contractor misclassification, unsafe working conditions, restraints on employee mobility, payroll tax evasion, and workers’ compensation insurance fraud. The Section also engages in legal advocacy to support legal and policy developments to advance worker protections and encourage employer accountability.

Under the supervision of the Senior Assistant Attorney General, the Supervising Deputy Attorney General supervises the work of Deputy Attorneys General, paralegals, auditors, and investigators in the Section; advises the Attorney General and Executive Staff on significant policy matters related to worker rights policy; spearheads initiatives; handles general administrative matters, including hiring and promotions, personnel administration, and case management ; and performs the most difficult and complex legal work related to the supervision of investigations, litigation, trials, writs, and appeals, requiring the highest level of independent judgment.

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