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City of Oakland Stands Up for Hotel Workers in Minimum Wage Lawsuit

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Oakland, Calif. – Today Fair Labor Oakland held a press conference to highlight the City’s lawsuit against hotel owners and operators for minimum wage violations of Oakland law and failing to pay back wages to the affected workers as ordered by the City’s Department of Workplace and Employment Standards (DWES). In conjunction with this event, Oakland City Attorney Barbara J. Parker and DWES issue the following statement.

Last Thursday City Attorney Parker filed a civil lawsuit against Defendant Oakland Alameda Hotels LLC, owner and operator of the Radisson Hotel Oakland Airport, for minimum wage violations of Oakland law and failure to comply with a final and binding administrative determination by the City regarding those violations.

In 2018 Oakland voters passed Oakland’s Hotel Workers Protection & Employment Standards Ordinance (Measure Z) to ensure safety and a humane workload, and to annually increase the minimum wage for hotel workers. Defendants blatantly violated that law. Despite the City’s repeated attempts to secure compliance through its administrative process without the necessity of filing a civil lawsuit, Defendants failed to cooperate and refused to pay the restitution owed to the affected employees.

“In filing this lawsuit, Oakland is standing up for the low-wage workers of our City,” said Oakland City Attorney Barbara J. Parker. “We will continue to use all the legal tools available to us to protect the rights of all workers to be treated with dignity and to receive the wages they are entitled to under Oakland law.”

The Department of Workplace and Employment Standards (DWES), the agency that administratively enforces labor laws for the City of Oakland, made the initial determination in October 2023 that Defendants owed 128 workers a total of $404,491.43 in back wages.

“DWES will continue to work with the City Attorney to hold the employer accountable and support workers through the next phase of the process,” said DWES Director Emylene Aspilla.

California workers lost an average of $2.3 to $4.6 billion in earned wages each year from 2014-2023 due to minimum wage violations across major metropolitan areas, including in Oakland. Oakland’s minimum wage ordinances (Measure Z and Measure FF) help to prevent the exploitation of low-wage and vulnerable workers and ensure workers receive fair compensation for their labor and therefore can meet their essential needs, rather than suffering housing insecurity and health and safety impacts.

Studies show employers who engage in wage theft cause the greatest harm to low-income workers, women, noncitizens, Black and Latinx workers, and other vulnerable groups. When employers flout labor laws, more workers fall into poverty, the safety net is eroded, and fewer payroll taxes are paid. These impacts ultimately affect all Oakland residents.

Employees and employers may visit https://www.oaklandca.gov/topics/measure-ff-and-measure-z and call (510) 238-6258 or email minwageinfo@oaklandca.gov for more information about Measure FF and Measure Z. Individuals may also visit https://www.oaklandca.gov/services/file-complaint-minimum-wage-paid-leave-service-charge to submit a complaint regarding suspected violations of these laws to DWES.

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City of Oakland Stands Up for Hotel Workers in Minimum Wage Lawsuit