Labor protections enacted under the New Deal were carefully written to ensure the support of white supremacist politicians. Consequently, they largely excluded the occupations in which black and brown people earned their livings. It has taken decades to extend what is now considered simple justice to these occupations, to "those people," workers on whom society depends.
The United Farm Workers Union and Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez pushed through the controversial agricultural worker law.
The new laws will be difficult to enforce, but workers at least have a standard to appeal to.
Now the rest of the country needs to get with it and treat these workers as the ordinary U.S. workers they are. There's a long way to go to overturn this legacy of structural employment law racism.