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Justice for Workers

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.

Affected by COVID-19? See our resources page for downloadable guides and our calendar for clinic updates and remote assistance. 

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Small Business Services

Entrepreneurship and small business success offer a rare path out of poverty for many low-income households and communities. In order to survive and thrive these businesses – like all businesses – need sound legal guidance. During the COVID-19 crisis Bet Tzedek has partnered with LA Represents to provide free legal services to small businesses impacted by the pandemic.

If you would like to apply for these free services, please click here.

Haga clic aquí para obtener una versión en español de la Aplicación para Pequeñas Empresas.

Small Claims Assistance

Small Claims Court can sometimes be the best route for workers and contractors to secure the money they are rightfully owed.  Our Small Claims Clinic helps community members understand the small claims process, and helps answer basic questions.  Click here for more information about the clinic or to request an appointment.

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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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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.

The Numbers at a glance

Year Created


Number Served in 2018


Geography of Service

Southern California

Community Impact

Obtained over $13,000,000 in judgments and settlements for workers

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If you need help with a legal issue or case, please do not visit our office. For general questions, please call our intake line at 323-939-0506 or email intake@bettzedek.wpcdn-b.com.

For COVID-19 Related Resources, click here.

For the Self-Help Conservatorship Clinic, please review this document. En espanol: Para obtener una tutela clic aquí.

For housing and eviction issues, click here to access Stay Housed LA. If you live in West Hollywood, click here to make an appointment. For Beverly Hills residents, please call: 323-939-0506, ext. 499.

For Small Business owners requesting assistance, complete this intake form. En espanol: Formulario de verificación

The Workers’ Rights Clinic has a new phone number: Call us & leave a voicemail at 323-648-4767.

La Clinica De Derechos De Los Trabajadores tiene un nuevo número de teléfono: Llamenos y deje un mensaje de voz al 323.648.4767.