San Jose Spotlight: Santa Clara County Pilots Program to Combat Wage Theft

Santa Clara County is doubling down on its efforts to eliminate wage theft following a report showing $128 million in unpaid fees.

Earlier this month, the county launched a pilot program that proactively identifies contractors working with the county who have outstanding final judgments against them and determines whether to disqualify the contractor from doing business with the county.

County Executive Jeff Smith said the pilot program comes at an “opportune time.”

“COVID-19 has been extremely challenging for businesses and this, in turn, has severely impacted our workforce,” he said. “This program sends the message to potential vendors that the county will not tolerate contractors who commit wage theft, discriminate or retaliate against their employees.”

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