> Under existing law, if a home improvement worker (a mechanic or a gardener, for example) isn’t paid what she’s owed she can put a hold on her employer’s property called a “lien”. This makes it harder for the employer to sell that property, and makes it much more likely that the worker will be paid the money she is owed. We want to make that option available to other low wage workers, as well as expanding when and how it can be used.
>Currently, a worker’s lawyer can ask a judge to seize (take position of) an employer’s property during the course of a lawsuit: a process called “seeking attachment.” But the law only allows for this in very few circumstances. We want to expand the process, to make it more likely that the worker can get her money back if she wins a case in court.
>Some companies have “shareholders”, individual people who each own part of that company’s stock, making them co-owners of the company itself. We want to make it easier for a worker to hold these shareholders accountable when her wages are stolen by the company they own.