Crime & Legal
Hispanic, Latino Heritage
Impact Litigation - Provides legal services to low-wage immigrant and foreign workers who have been victims of wage theft and other employment rights violations, with a focus on class actions and other impact cases. Towards Justice is currently litigating 15 class action cases that highlight severe injustices in our labor market that systematically victimize immigrant workers.
Since our founding in January 2014, we have directly represented 150,000+ workers and recovered approximately $2.3 million on their behalf. Workers have used this money to put food on their tables, stabilize their housing situations, and pay off their debts. For the population served, even small recoveries can be the difference between eviction and housing stability, dinner at home and dinner at a soup kitchen, or transportation and losing a job.
Towards Justice offers a continuum of services, beginning with outreach and education, leading to victimized workers contacting our Access to Justice Program, which allows us either to provide them legal representation or connect them with the attorney or advocate best-positioned to advance their workplace rights. Since our founding in 2014, over 1,500 workers have completed a full legal intake process with Towards Justice regarding wage theft and other workplace rights violations. Given our small staff, we cannot represent every worker with a meritorious claim. We have therefore built a network of community, attorney, nonprofit, and government advocates and prepared them to assist individual workers in recovering earned wages.
This Access to Justice Program includes partnerships with both the state and federal Departments of Labor, continuing legal education and technical assistance to our growing network of collaborating attorneys, and training and support for our non-attorney advocates - called Just Wages Navigators. Education, support, and network building creates a comprehensive resource that allows Towards Justice to educate workers about how to recover stolen wages and then connect them directly to the individual best positioned to help. In this way, we enforce the wage and hour laws, empower wage theft victims, and deter future violations of the wage and hour laws.
Over 1,500 workers have moved through our Access to Justice Program in just over 4.5 years. We currently have 32 Collaborating Attorneys, 16 Just Wages Navigators, and multiple institutional partners.