LAST UPDATE: 9/20/2020
Current Status

September 1, 2020: Senate Bill 1399 died in the California State Assembly when California lawmakers failed to vote on the bill before time ran out.

July 29, 2020: The California Assembly Labor Committee voted in favor of the Garment Worker Protection Act (SB 1399). Allies of the Garment Worker Center, fair-labor advocates and brands alike, called into the hearing in support of the bill. 



Bill Authors

Bill Co-sponsors

Assembly Members

  • @lorenasgonzalez
  • @ash_kalra
  • @wendycarillo
  • @jonessawyer59official
  • @luzmrivas
  • @rendon63rd


Senate Bill 1399: The Garment Worker Protection Act

If your interests relate to fashion, you consider yourself as part of the fashion industry, or you believe people should earn more than $5/hour, SB1399 should matter to you. The bill extends laws and wording that ultimately protect garment workers from wage theft. ⁣

Key Bill Takeaways
  • WAGES: Garment workers are prohibited from being paid by the piece. (Historically, workers were getting paid cents per unit they worked on.)⁣
  • LIABILITY: All parties (retailers and brands included) engaged in garment manufacturing share liability for legal responsibilities regardless of how many layers of outsourced contracting is involved ⁣
  • PAYMENT: Parties must guarantee payment of unpaid minimum and stolen wages and overtime pay even when factories are shutdown⁣
  • OVERSIGHT: the Labor Bureau of Field Enforecment is authorized to investigate and cite parties for wage theft⁣

“Several manufacturers have attempted to avoid liability by adding layers of contracting between themselves and the employees manufacturing the garments. [Before the bill]...manufacturers have no incentive to ensure safe conditions or the proper minimum wage and overtime payments for the workers producing their garments without liability.”

This bill is a significant step in the fight for fair-labor practices and it's all thanks to those who are continuously vocal about and stand for garment workers.