Cudahy is a small city in terms of area, but with almost twenty-nine thousand residents, is among the most densely-populated cities in the state. That title is currently held by Maywood, one of Cudahy’s northern neighbors. The city of Bell is immediately north of Cudahy; Maywood is just north of Bell. Cudahy’s eastern border is carved out by the Los Angeles River and the parallel-running Long Beach Freeway (also known as the “seven-ten”), across from which is Bell Gardens. South and east of Cudahy is the city of Downey. South of Cudahy, separated by the city’s southern boundary defined by Salt Lake Avenue and Independence Avenue, are the cities of South Gate and Lynwood. West of Cudahy are the cities and neighborhoods of Walnut Park, Florence-Graham, and Huntington Park. Cudahy is centrally located among the cities and neighborhoods in the southeast portion of the greater Los Angeles area that constitute an organization in Los Angeles that goes by the name of the Gateway Cities. The Gateway Cities has organized a governing body called the Gateway Cities Council of Governments. This Council was established by the constituent cities for the purpose of developing plans of action to improve the region’s environment, deal with problems in housing and pursue job creation, develop and improve open space to improve livability within the region, and generally conceive and develop urban improvement projects on a scale that the individual cities would not be able to achieve on their own.
Much like other cities in the region and much of Los Angeles, Cudahy began as part of a Spanish land-grant ranch. This one was known as Rancho San Antonio. The Cudahy portion of the Ranco was bought with urban development in mind by a man who made his fortune in meat-packing, and whose last name was adopted as the name of the city. Also, much like other cities in the region, after the area that became Cudahy was urbanized, residents found employment in nearby factories and assembly plants operated by major auto manufacturers as well as a well known tire company and a global steel manufacturing company. However, those plants were closed, and currently the largest employers in Cudahy are big-box retailers. This is generally the case in the surrounding communities as well. So, in the place of higher-paid generally full-time jobs on assembly lines and operating machinery, the jobs available to workers in this region are limited to those that pay less and offer fewer hours with little to no schedule stability. These employers are known to give employees varying, unpredictable schedules week to week and to have them clock out early into their shifts in the event of a perceived slowdown in business. Workers may even be sent home as early as two hours into an expected six to eight hour shift, or even less. In the event an employee is sent home early and is not paid for at least half of the hours he or she is scheduled to work, the employer may have violated the worker’s rights. Cudahy workers have rights. If you feel your rights have been violated, contact our office for a free consultation.