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Workplace Issues Today: Los Angeles County refuses to release employee salary data until October

A request from the Los Angeles Times for the salary data of several hundred L.A. County employees will take until October, according to the county’s lawyer. After a scandal in California over the amount of money town officials were making, the Los Angeles Times filed a request for the identities and salaries of county employees making over $250,000 a year. The lawyer for the county says that some of those employees have expressed safety concerns regarding the release of the information. The counsel for the paper says that not releasing the information would violate a California Supreme Court case in which the court ruled that transparency of public workers’ salaries was important for the democratic process and that the city had to comply. Many are surprised by the county’s refusal to release the data until October, and are expressing doubt about how long it is taking.

See “L.A. County delays release of names and salaries of its highest-paid employees,” by Rong-Gong Lin II, Los Angeles Times, Sep 27 2010 (SD)

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