Our Mission

The Legal Aid Society–Employment Law Center promotes the stability of low-income and disadvantaged workers and their families by addressing issues that affect their ability to achieve self-sufficiency. Using the law as a tool, LAS–ELC helps workers attain financial security by preserving their employment opportunities. We believe that stable working conditions and adequate income strengthen families and build communities. By protecting the employment status of wage earners, we provide families the means to pull through adverse times, avoid the downward spiral caused by job loss and be fully contributing members of society.

About Us

The Legal Aid Society–Employment Law Center is a nonprofit, legal services organization assisting California’s low-income working families for a century.

While our staff and Board of Directors have diverse backgrounds and experience, we share a common purpose: to protect the legal rights of low-wage earners. We believe that stable working conditions and a living wage strengthen families and communities. We help those who are most at risk of poverty to avoid the downward spiral that can come from losing a job.

The LAS–ELC helps people protect their workplace rights regardless of their ability to pay. Our work is supported by charitable contributions, foundation grants, the Legal Services Trust Fund and court awarded attorneys’ fees. We are not recipients of Legal Services Corporation funds.

Volunteers provide essential support that enables us to take cases we would otherwise be unable to accept. We welcome and depend on the pro bono engagement of private law firms and individual attorneys, student law clerks and those new to the practice of law. And we sponsor fellowships for law students and new lawyers interested in gaining experience in public interest law.