By Doug Parker, Executive Director
On Tuesday, the California State Auditor released the agency’s 报告 on its investigation into complaints of misconduct against Department of Industrial Relations former Director Christine Baker.
拳击手 & Gerson partner Julius Young describes the 报告 as a “sordid tale” of nepotism, disregard for merit-based hiring, attempted retaliation against whistleblowers, race and national origin-motivated perceptions of staff, and an overall culture of fear and reprisal. Julius provides highlights and commentary on his excellent blog, 工人薪酬区, and I won’t try to outdo him here. 自己读一下.
A department tasked with protecting workers from labor law violations and employer retaliation must operate with the highest standards. It must hold its own compliance with labor and employment law as a core value, expected of every employee and incorporated into every employee’s 性能 standards – starting at the top. This was obviously not the case at DIR.
I’m curious how workers and the regulated community will respond to the story. 为工业, the 报告 provides an easy and justifiable target for pointing out arrogance and hypocrisy in a key enforcement agency. 对工人, it likely confirms the experiences of many that structures of power in this society are stacked against them unless they are “connected” or have the right background.
I’m saddened to see the comments from online readers of media coverage of this story. The responses reflect a perception that this sort of behavior is typical of government officials. If these comments are representative of broader opinion, it is no wonder that so many citizens would come to tolerate political leaders who view their jobs as transactional – and nepotism as a job perk.
The last thing we need is further corrosion of trust in our institutions, and the auditor’s 报告 on DIR warrants a decisive response. We are optimistic that the new Labor and Workforce Development Secretary, 朱莉·苏, will take this on as she settles into her new role.