LA County Orders Probe of Fast Food Worker Safety

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On October 13, 2020, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted to investigate the working conditions in the fast-food industry. This motion was proposed by Supervisor Hilda L. Solis, and authorizes a specific probe into complaints at one fast food location, and a larger investigation into industry conditions throughout the county.

This investigation was prompted by complaints made about a McDonald’s location in Boyle Heights.  SEIU Local 721 issued a letter about working conditions at that location, including inadequate personal protective equipment and infrequent disinfecting of surfaces.  The motion directs County Counsel and the Department of Public Health to investigate these complaints and issue a response within 15 days.

Additionally, the motion called for a larger investigation of working conditions in the fast-food industry.  The Department of Public Health is directed to work with researchers from local academic institutions for this investigation.

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