In an investigation of wage theft in San Diego County, inewsource found that only 30 percent of cases filed with the state Labor Commissioner’s Office over the last five years resulted in workers getting the wages they’re owed. Their analysis of wage complaint data also revealed that employers in San Diego County owe $2 million in back pay for overtime and breaks in the same time period. Minimum wage violations account for more than $184,000 in back pay.
Pilar de Haro reported this story during her internship at inewsource, part of the Dow Jones Data Journalism Program. As part of the program, she received training from IRE & NICAR.