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. Bet Tzedek helps to provide legal support to these small business entrepreneurs in order to nurture talent and empower those who seek to build a better future in marginalized and under-served communities.
If you would like to complete our Small Business Development Project Pro Bono Assistance Application, please click HERE.
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 call (323) 648-4719 to register.
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.
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.
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.
Obtained over $13,000,000 in judgments and settlements for workers