“Right now, the federal government is not a meaningful partner in protecting these rights. The DA plays a critical role in partnering with other law enforcement agencies to enforce laws meant to ensure safe working conditions, keep families safe, and protect the most hardworking among us.”
Not all crimes are easily visible to the public. Defending the rights of consumers and protecting the rights of all workers is a fundamental charge of the District Attorney. Right now, the federal government is not a meaningful partner in protecting these rights. The DA plays a critical role in partnering with other law enforcement agencies to enforce laws meant to ensure safe working conditions, keep families safe, and protect the most hardworking among us.
From financial crimes, like fraud or embezzlement, to crimes targeting specific communities, like notario fraud or redlining, these crimes are not “victimless.” They are crimes that tear at the fabric of our communities and threaten the well-being of families.
As your District Attorney, I commit to:
- Prosecute corporate fraud and predatory business practices including those that target specific, marginalized communities
- Partner with local and state law enforcement to proactively investigate potential crimes against consumers
- Work with local community-based organizations to educate the public about protecting themselves against consumer violations
- Educate the public about consumer protections and alert the public to potential criminal financial or consumer schemes.
Many of the workers who are the unsung heroes of San Francisco’s booming economy are also the most vulnerable to exploitation by those who make money off of their hard labor. Workers in the restaurant, janitorial services, hospitality, construction, and residential care industries provide critical services that allow many of us to live our lives with ease; however, they are often victims of wage theft, employment discrimination, sexual harassment and assault, retaliation, and more. For many immigrants who work in these industries, the threat of immigration consequences creates an additional, formidable barrier to reporting an employer’s illegal employment practices. The Economic Policy Institute estimates that California workers lose more than $2 billion each year to wage theft alone. With many families struggling just to make ends meet, I promise to hold unscrupulous employers accountable and ensure that workers’ rights are protected.
As your District Attorney, I will:
- Prosecute employers who engage in wage theft and other illegal employment practices that disproportionately harm low-wage and immigrant workers
- Partner with state and local agencies tasked with the investigation and enforcement of labor laws to make sure that violators are held accountable
- Partner with local workers’ rights advocacy groups to ensure compliance with prevailing wage ordinances in the City and ensure contractors don’t shortchange families of their wages and benefits
- Prosecute violators of laws designed to protect a particularly vulnerable sub-set of workers, i.e., female janitors from the sexual assault crisis in the janitorial industry.
- Encourage community participation through the use of a multilingual fraud hotline that allows for anonymous reporting of suspicious activities.