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Good clothing sales can mean bad labor practices

16/365: 8/16/09
16/365: 8/16/09
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Perhaps you've spent some of the holidays doing a little shopping, picking up some new clothes to sport in 2017.

These days, you can buy all sorts of items at deep discounts. But have you ever stopped to wonder why some garments are priced so low? 

A recent report from the Department of Labor discovered a widespread practice of garment workers being paid well below the legal minimum wage. Many of these employees are undocumented immigrants and their status makes them reluctant to speak out about being underpaid.

For more, Alex Cohen spoke with Chico Harlan of the Washington Post who has been covering this story and talking to many of those garment workers here in Los Angeles.

To listen to the full interview, click on the blue media player above.