The California Business and Industrial Alliance (CABIA) Foundation released an updated study on the Private Attorneys General Act (PAGA). The new data further confirmed that PAGA, a 2004 California law that allows employees to file suit against their employers for any perceived violation of the state’s 1,100-page labor code, has failed both employers and workers alike while trial attorneys cash in.
The new report includes data from 15,321 additional documents obtained through a Public Records Act request dated November 2007 to January 2021. The updated study also includes details from 2,543 previously unrecorded and recently closed cases documenting a more complete picture of PAGA’s effects on Californians. The report was updated by the same authors who completed the first PAGA report, former California Department of Industrial Relations Director, Christine Baker, and former Cal/OSHA Chief, Len Welsh.
You can download the full study here.
Here are a few key findings:
The report was supported by the CABIA Foundation.
The study provides the most recent and up-to-date evidence to further prove what many Californians already knew: Trial attorneys are the only people who benefit from PAGA. PAGA is a failed policy. Both workers and employers would be better off without it.