Wage Claim Clinic Launched in Oakland and San Francisco

Wage Claim Clinic Launched in Oakland and San Francisco
Legal advocates help workers file claims for unpaid wages
January 10, 2014

Through our Workers’ Rights Clinic, we regularly see low-wage workers facing wage theft in a wide range of industries.  The first step they can take to recover those wages is to file a claim with the California Labor Commissioner.  

But many workers, especially those who do not speak English, find it difficult to accurately prepare their wage claims under California’s complex and evolving labor laws. 

Today, LAS-ELC launched its Wage Claim Clinic at the Labor Commissioner’s office to bridge the gap between low-income workers and the administrative remedies available to them.  The only initiative of its kind in California, the Wage Claim Clinic convenes twice a month in the Labor Commissioner’s Oakland and San Francisco offices and provides hands-on legal assistance in English, Spanish, and Chinese to clients who need help filing a wage claim. 

The Wage Claim Clinic is a unique public-private partnership that will help more low-wage workers access justice.  LAS-ELC attorneys and law student volunteers from UC Berkeley and UC Hastings staff the clinics, which build on the highly successful Workers’ Rights Clinic model.  The Wage Claim Clinic aims to empower and educate clients to enforce their rights under the California labor code.  

On its inaugural day, the Wage Claim Clinic helped three clients file wage claims with the Labor Commissioner in Oakland.  Said one of them, "I know so many people who have had their wages stolen, especially undocumented immigrants who are afraid to report it.  I will tell them that there are people who can help them.  I came [to the clinic] today because I believe in the laws and institutions of this country, and I hope to see this wrong righted and to recover the money I am owed.  It may not be a lot of money, but it means a lot to me."

Oakland Labor Commissioner
1515 Clay St., Suite 801
First Friday of the month
9am–12:30pm
Starting January 10, 2014

San Francisco Labor Commissioner
455 Golden Gate Ave., 10th Floor
Third Friday of the month
9am–12:30pm
Starting January 24, 2014
Call for an appointment: 855-816-7473

Comisionario de Labor en Oakland
1515 Clay St, Suite 801
El primer Viernes del mes
9am–12:30pm
Empezando el 10 de enero, 2014

Comisionario de Labor en San Francisco
455 Golden Gate Ave., 10th Floor
El tercer Viernes del mes
9am–12:30pm
Empezando el 24 de Enero, 2014

奥克兰
奥克兰劳工专员
1515 Clay St., Suite 801
每个月第一个星期五上午九点到中午十二点半
2014年1月10日开始

三藩市
三藩市劳工专员
455 Golden Gate Ave., 10th Floor
每个月第三个星期五,上午九点到中午十二点半
2014年1月24日开始