2013 Annual Fund Campaign
Each year, the Legal Aid Society–Employment Law Center depends primarily upon private contributions to provide critical legal services to low-wage workers who have been treated unlawfully on the job. We do not receive public funds to support our work.
Our clients include single mothers, pregnant women, disabled persons, people of color, members of the LGBT community, immigrants, and domestic violence survivors.
- We offer expert advice and representation, without charge, to working poor people who seek help with claims involving unpaid minimum or overtime wages; denials of medical and parenting leaves and disability-related accommodations; harassment and discrimination on the basis of race, disability, national origin, immigrant status, gender, and sexual orientation.
- We carry a litigation docket that includes enforcement and impact cases on behalf of low-income and disadvantaged workers.
- We direct weekly Workers’ Rights Clinics in three Bay Area locations plus a phone-in clinic that assists low-wage workers throughout the State and even nationally. The services given by these clinics to more than 2,000 clients annually include case assessment, counseling, referrals, and, in some instances, limited representation.
- We involve more than 100 law school students and 120 volunteer attorneys each year in our clinics and they are active participants in delivering legal services to clients.
- We employ a full-time Language Access Coordinator who ensures that our services are accessible to monolingual and limited English speaking workers.
- We maintain a highly useable and informative website that is fully translated into Chinese and Spanish and is accessible to persons with disabilities.
- We train and mentor new generations of civil rights lawyers through our intern and extern programs, and a variety of fellowships.
Your gift to our Annual Fund will help us continue this important work.
The Legal Aid Society–Employment Law Center acknowledges the participation of our Annual Fund donors. See our 2012 announcement (pdf) that appeared in The Recorder.
For more information about our programs and projects, please see our organization overview.