Dirty Threads, Dangerous Factories: Health and Safety in Los Angeles’ Fashion Industry

Garment Worker Center, UCLA Labor Center, UCLA LOSH


Los Angeles, which houses the largest cut and sew apparel base in the U.S., is the center of the country’s garment manufacturing industry. While a number of studies have focused on the wage and hour labor experiences of California’s garment workers, there is an absence of research on the specific health and safety conditions faced by these workers in Los Angeles. This report is a direct response to the concerns expressed by garment workers and worker advocates and provides insights into the health, safety and environmental conditions of this sector.


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