Economic Justice

Employers in Los Angeles steal $26 million in wages from low-wage workers every week — making the city the wage theft capital of the nation. Through its Economic Justice program, Bet Tzedek provides workers direct representation in individual and class action cases, helps thousands of workers know their rights, assists trafficked laborers who were illegally denied earned wages, creates opportunities for entrepreneurship and small business development in marginalized and under-served communities, and aids low-income households facing tax controversies.

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Workers Rights

Since it opened in 1999, the Employment Rights Project has helped more than 5,400 workers through direct representation and class actions – winning more than $36 million in judgments and settlements.

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Low Income Taxpayer Clinic

Tax disputes can permanently destabilize low-income households. Launched in 2014, Bet Tzedek’s income tax law project is formally recognized by the Income Revenue Service as a Low Income Tax Clinic (LITC) and as an official U.S. Tax Court Clinic. Bet Tzedek’s clinic helps resolve audits, appeals, misclassifications, innocent spouse relief, liens, and garnishments.

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Help for Trafficking Survivors

Los Angeles’ underground and informal economies are filled with trafficked laborers – as domestic workers, day laborers, and sex workers. Through litigation and advocacy, Bet Tzedek works with survivors of human trafficking to ensure that they receive financial restitution and that they have access to legal protections.

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Small Business Development Project

For low-income households and communities, entrepreneurship and small business success offer a rare path out of poverty. But to survive and thrive, these businesses – like all businesses – need good guidance. Bet Tzedek provides legal support to these small business entrepreneurs to nurture talent and empower those who seek to build a better future in marginalized and under-served communities.

The Numbers at a glance

Created

1999

Served in 2016

281

Geography

Southern California

Community Impact

One of top 10 plaintiff’s verdicts in CA under Trafficking Victims Protection Act

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