New Employment Law Clinic for Low-Wage Workers to Open in Fresno
Clinic aids Valley laborers who are wage theft victims, Fresno Bee, April 1, 2012
The CCLS/Legal Aid Workers’ Rights Clinic devoted to the employment issues of low-wage workers will open its doors at 2115 Kern Street, Suite 1, in downtown Fresno on April 18. It will run from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. People in need of assistance may either call 559-570- 1200 to make an appointment or come to the office during those hours.
Founded by Central California Legal Services (CCLS), Legal Aid Society–Employment Law Center (Legal Aid), with the support of the local law firm of Lang, Richert & Patch, and the Consulate of Mexico in Fresno, the Clinic—the first of this collaborative in the Central Valley—will provide free legal assistance to low-wage workers who are subjected to illegal practices on the job.
The Clinic will help workers with problems such as minimum wage and overtime violations, failure to pay for work performed, or refusal to grant meal and rest breaks.
The institutions that have joined to make this new Clinic possible are all committed to providing access to justice to those who are least able to secure it. CCLS has been in the community offering free legal aid for 45 years. Legal Aid has represented working poor people with employment law problems for more than 40 years, and has directed a Workers’ Rights Clinic in the Bay Area for 20 years, relying on law students and volunteer supervising attorneys who practice in the field of employment law to deliver expert guidance and advice to clients. This is the first time the collaborative model used for Legal Aid Society’s Clinic will be employed in the Central Valley.