What We Do
The California Department of Industrial Relations (DIR) improves working conditions and advances opportunities for profitable employment in California. DIR aims to make sure workers are paid wages they are owed, work in safe environments, and are provided medical and other benefits when they are injured on the job.
Under California law, you are protected when you:
- Speak up about wages that are owed
- Report an injury or health and safety hazard
- File a claim or complaint with a state agency
The mission of the California Labor Commissioner's Office is to ensure a just day's pay in every workplace in the State and to promote economic justice through robust enforcement of labor laws. By combating wage theft, protecting workers from retaliation, and educating the public, we put earned wages into workers' pockets and help level the playing field for law-abiding employers. This office is also known as the Division of Labor Standards Enforcement (DLSE).
In 2014, the Labor Commissioner’s Office under Julie A. Su’s leadership launched the Wage Theft is a Crime multilingual public awareness campaign to promote public understanding of workers’ rights and employer’s responsibilities.