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What Is A Good Job Now? For Fairness In the Workplace

Image credit: Artwork by Ernesto Yerena.

Presented in partnership with The James Irvine Foundation
Moderated by Joe Mathews, California Columnist & Democracy Editor, Zócalo Public Square

The state of California has some of the nation’s strongest legal protections for workers. But Californians continue to suffer from various forms of abuse by their employers—from unpaid overtime to dangerous working conditions; from wage theft to racial, ethnic, gender discrimination. What are the biggest challenges for agencies and communities as they seek to turn pro-labor legislation into better workplace realities? To what extent do our systems—from the courts to workers’ compensation to federal and state labor enforcement—create obstacles to realizing California’s promises to workers? And what steps could state and local governments, and workers themselves, take to make jobs safe from discrimination and abuse?

California State Senator Maria Elena Durazo, warehouse worker Sara Fee, and California Labor Commissioner Assistant Chief Daniel Yu talk with Zócalo on the Capitol steps in Sacramento to discuss how to make jobs more fair for workers.

Introductory comments by Don Howard, President & CEO of The James Irvine Foundation.


Zócalo invites our in-person audience to continue the conversation with our speakers and each other at a post-event reception with complimentary drinks and small bites.

Live simultaneous ASL and Spanish translation of the discussion will be provided.


En Español

¿Cómo se pueden asegurar los trabajadores de que reciban un trato justo en el trabajo?

Miércoles, el 18 de octubre de 2023, 6pm (Hora del Pacífico)

Capitolio del Estado de California – Escalones del oeste

Parte de la serie de eventos de Zócalo Public Square, ¿Qué es un buen trabajo hoy en día?

Presentado en colaboración con The James Irvine Foundation

El estado de California tiene algunas de las protecciones laborales más sólidas de Estados Unidos. Sin embargo, trabajadores en California siguen padeciendo de diversas formas de abuso laboral por parte de sus empleadores — desde las horas extras no pagadas hasta las condiciones peligrosas; desde el robo de salario hasta la discriminación racial, étnica y/o de género. ¿Cuáles son los desafíos más grandes para las agencias y comunidades que buscan convertir la legislación pro-laboral en mejores realidades para los trabajadores? ¿Cómo crean obstáculos nuestros sistemas —las cortes, la compensación laboral y las agencias de la ley, entre otros— de cumplir las promesas de California a los trabajadores? Y ¿qué pasos pueden tomar los gobiernos estatales y locales, tanto como los mismos trabajadores, para hacer que los trabajos sean libres de discriminación y abuso?

La senadora estatal María Elena Durazo, la trabajadora de almacén Sara Fee y el Jefe Auxiliar del Comisionado Laboral de California Daniel Yu se reunirán con Zócalo en las escaleras del Capitolio de California en Sacramento para conversar sobre cómo hacer los trabajos más justos para los trabajadores. Moderado por Joe Mathews, columnista de California y editor de democracia de Zócalo Public Square.

Evento gratis, con una recepción con bocadillos y bebidas de cortesía. ¡Únete presencialmente o en línea!

Comentarios introductorios de Don Howard, presidente y director ejecutivo de la James Irvine Foundation

“What Is a Good Job Now?” is a series supported by The James Irvine Foundation, focusing on workers in the low-wage sectors of California’s economy, in communities across the state. Public programs and essays, grounded in workers’ experiences and realities, will explore how to make the hardest jobs more rewarding, and make life better for those who do them.

California State Capitol – West Steps
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Sacramento, CA 95814

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