Time Card

Time Card

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This phony time card was maintained for Hang Ngoc Tan for the week of May 10th, 1996. This time card, along with others seized from El Monte by U.S. Department of Labor investigators, shows an employee working eight hours a day. Further investigation revealed that she actually worked much longer hours.
On August 2, 1995, police officers raided a fenced seven-unit apartment complex in El Monte, California. They arrested eight operators of a clandestine garment sweatshop and freed 72 workers who were being forced to sew garments in virtual captivity. Smuggled from Thailand into the United States, the laborers’ plight brought a national spotlight to domestic sweatshop production and resulted in increased enforcement by federal and state labor agencies. The publicity of the El Monte raid also put added pressure on the apparel industry to reform its labor and business practices domestically and internationally.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
time card
date made
Late 20th Century
1990s
place made
United States: California, El Monte
Measurements
overall: 9 in x 3 1/2 in; 22.86 cm x 8.89 cm
ID Number
1997.0279.12
catalog number
1997.0279.12
accession number
1997.0279
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Work
Sweatshops
El Monte
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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