Towards Justice empowers America's chronically marginalized workforce to address systemic injustice, defend family financial stability, and ensure that work is the most effective strategy for economic success in our country.
Focusing on wage theft and the systemic injustices that allow vulnerable groups of workers to make $1 per day, $4 per hour, or no money at all, Towards Justice dismantles structural barriers to economic fairness through access to justice and targeted impact litigation.
Towards Justice's Access to Justice Program has served over 1,000 Colorado workers since our founding in 2014. Providing free, confidential workplace justice claims analysis, this program advises workers about their rights and avenues to redress. Our program connects workers with the individual attorneys, advocates, and professionals best positioned to help them seek redress. Our network includes Collaborating and Pro Bono Attorneys, Government and Nonprofit Partners, and Just Wages Navigators. We provide continuing legal education for Collaborating Attorneys, a Just Wages Navigator training and certification program, and technical assistance to everyone in our network. In this way, we bring together non-traditional partners to dramatically expand access to justice for wage theft victims.
Towards Justice's impact litigation group uses the class action mechanism to protect low-wage and immigrant workers from wage theft, collusion, fraud, and the general nickel-and-diming that reduces meager paychecks and hampers economic mobility. For example, Towards Justice represents a proposed class of as many as 50,000 au pairs who allege that their wages of $4.35 per hour stagnated due to collusive and fraudulent conduct, and violate federal, state and local wage and hour laws. Similarly, Towards Justice represents a proposed class of current and former civil immigrant detainees who allege that policies of The GEO Group, Inc. - the country's second largest private prison provider - violated legal protections against forced labor and unjust enrichment. Since January 2014, the Towards Justice's litigation team has represented over 150,000+ clients and class members and recovered over $2.3 million in stolen wages, fees and penalties on their behalf.