Knowledge is Power: Workers’ Rights Trainings and the Pathway to Improving Conditions in California’s Fast Food Industry

A report released by the Step Forward Foundation reveals that the vast majority — 88 percent — of California fast-food workers do not know their rights on the job and broadly lack information about essential benefits and programs.

The first-of-its-kind survey, conducted in partnership with the California Fast Food Workers Union, included 300 workers in 83 cities across California, representing dozens of major fast-food brands. The survey follows prior research finding violations of workers’ rights — including wage theft, harassment, discrimination and exposure to safety hazards — are widespread in California’s fast-food industry.