WORKERS' RIGHTS PROGRAM
La Raza Centro Legal’s Workers’ Rights Program focuses on protecting the rights of low-wage and immigrant workers, including day laborers, domestic workers and restaurant workers. For over 20 years we have operated the Workers’ Rights Program which advocates on behalf of very-low wage workers including day laborers, domestic workers, restaurant workers, car wash workers and other low wage immigrant workers who have been cheated out of rightfully earned wages or otherwise exploited by unscrupulous employers. We assist with wage and hour cases as well as wrongful termination and employment discrimination cases. Our collaboration with the San Francisco Office of Labor Standards Enforcement (OLSE) and partner agencies including Chinese Progressive Action (CPA) and Filipino Community Center (FCC) ensures that low-wage workers receive the San Francisco’s minimum wage ($10.55 as of January 1, 2013), sick leave and health insurance benefits. In addition, we are also part of the California Low-Wage and Immigrant Worker Advocates (CLIWA), a state-wide collaborative of non-profit labor and employment advocates, to enhance our work with respect to wage-and-hour cases before the California Department of Labor Standards Enforcement (DLSE) and which strategizes for the expansion of necessary protections of low-wage and immigrant workers through the legislative process. In the past year we took on cases and provided education and outreach to ensure low-wage workers receive their lawfully earned wages, receive assistance in combating unlawful discriminatory and unfair business practices, and receive assistance in collecting unemployment insurance after a wrongful termination. To ensure that low-wage workers receive the San Francisco’s minimum wage ($10.55 as of January 1, 2013), sick leave and health insurance benefits, we collaborate with the San Francisco Office of Labor Standards Enforcement as well as community worker centers and legal aid partners, such as the Chinese Progress Association, the Filipino Community Center, and Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Asian Law Caucus. In the past year, we were able to obtain hundreds of thousands of dollars in wages in various wage-and-hour cases through settlements and judgments on behalf of restaurant workers, construction workers, car wash workers, day laborers and domestic workers. Further, we continue to increase our relationships with Spanish speaking private counsel to co-counsel with us and/or take on the complex employment discrimination cases.