Gov. Jerry Brown has endorsed a "wage theft" bill to crack down on employers that shortchange workers. He announced Sunday that he signed SB588 by Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de Leon, making it easier for the state labor commissioner to collect unpaid wages on behalf of workers. The legislation by the Los Angeles Democrat allows the labor commissioner to file a lien on an employer's property to help employees collect unpaid wages. Advocates say wage theft disproportionately affects low-wage workers, immigrants and women because some employers pay less than the minimum wage or skirt overtime pay.

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