It has been estimated that in the United States, someone turns 65 every eight seconds. The need for adequate care for the elderly and people with disabilities is ever increasing. Yet residential care home workers often cannot provide them the best care because rampant wage theft in the industry prevents them from addressing their own basic needs such as healthcare.
Bayview Care Home owes two caregivers $83,846 in combined unpaid wage theft judgments. The California Labor Commissioner’s Office has awarded the workers (a mother and son) this amount, yet they have been unable to collect due to their former employer Ms. Lolita Bautista’s schemes (ex: changing the ownership of the care home to her child while still continuing to be involved in running the home).
In collaboration with community organizations, they took a stand against wage theft in San Jose City, Santa Clara County, and the state of California. They demanded the immediate payment of their wages and the enactment of legislation to prevent bad actor employers from continuing to exploit workers despite rulings from the Labor Commission.
Their former employer, Ms. Lolita Bautista, did not open the door when the delegation attempted to engage with her. However, we delivered the letter at the door and will follow up with an e-mail. The workers’ voices will be heard!