The Workplace Rights Ambassador Program (WRAP) is an effort of the California Labor Commissioner’s Office (LCO) that seeks to build a bridge to disenfranchised workers. The Office of the First Partner and the California Commission on the Status of Women and Girls (CCSWG) have partnered with the LCO to provide #EqualPayCA training during Equal Pay Day Months for women of color and to increase the number of women of color in the Ambassador program.
Employees need support, especially during Covid-19, and is it the responsibility of the State to act quickly to ensure people understand their rights, are educated on how to advocate for themselves, and can take action if they believe their rights are being violated. For these reasons, CCSWG and the LCO have partnered to provide women and more specifically women of color with support and tools to advocate for themselves in the workplace and understand how to appropriately navigate nuanced workplace dynamics.
Members of participating organizations will be trained as workplace rights ambassadors to take information on workplace protections and LCO resources to their communities. These community ambassadors and LCO liaisons will work closely to train targeted populations and facilitate access to resources.
Our joint purpose is to ensure equal pay and equal opportunities are available in every workforce in the State while promoting economic justice and full enforcement of California labor laws.
In recognition of Latina Equal Pay Day, the Labor Commissioner’s Office partnered with the Office of the First Partner, the Commission on the Status of Women and Girls, the Mexican American Bar Association, and the Latina Lawyers Bar Association to host a WRAP #EqualPayCA to provide women and girls with the tools to fight pay discrimination and file claims under California’s Equal Pay Act.
The training focused on the specific needs of Latinas and ran on November 12, 2020 from 4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. The event featured the following speakers:
• Cristina Vazquez, Attorney, Labor Commissioner’s Office
• Daniela Conde, Attorney, Labor Commissioner’s Office
• Edelmira Diaz-Weaver, Deputy Labor Commissioner, Labor Commissioner’s Office
• Jacklin Rad, Deputy Labor Commissioner, Labor Commissioner’s Office
This was the second event in a training series tied to the #EqualPayCA campaign and Equal Pay Days, which recognize how much longer women, and particularly women of color, must work than men to earn the same amount of money.
This training is part of the Labor Commissioner’s Workplace Rights Ambassador Project, an initiative to build a bridge between disenfranchised workers and resources available in the Labor Commissioner’s Office. Event participants will be trained on practical information regarding workplace protections and labor law resources that they can take back to their communities. Interested volunteers will work closely with liaisons from the California Labor Commissioner’s Office to train targeted populations and facilitate access to resources, which are especially crucial during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Office of the First Partner and the California Commission on the Status of Women and Girls partnered with the California Labor Commissioner’s Office to provide #EqualPayCA training during Equal Pay Day Months for women of color, and to increase the number of women of color in the Ambassador project.
#EqualPayCA is a campaign led by the First Partner, in partnership with The California Commission on the Status of Women and Girls (CCSWG) focused on closing the pay gap in California. California has the strongest equal pay laws in the nation, but passing a law is only the first step – change doesn’t happen without education and implementation. So to help close the gap, the #EqualPayCA campaign is promoting and distributing new resources from the CCSWG’s Pay Equity Task Force, raising awareness about the causes and challenges of the pay gap through online education and on the ground events, and challenging businesses to commit to pay equity in the workplace through the CA Pay Equity Pledge.