In the Community

While our litigators seek back wages, fight forced labor, and combat fraud, our team also engages with low-wage workers to understand their challenges and the creative new ways employers are undermining worker power and nickel and diming their workers.  We also proactively educate workers about their rights and help them to identify illegal practices, provide free, confidential employment rights consultations, and connect wage theft victims to the partners best positioned to help. Those partners are part of our non-traditional network of enforcers, which includes private collaborating attorneys and a variety of municipal, state, and federal enforcers. When workers win, we work together to publicize their success, raise awareness of the scourge of wage theft, and deter future abuse.

 

If you would like to speak to us about partnering with Towards Justice or scheduling an outreach event to receive training on our work, please contact us at info@towardsjustice.org.

 

Some examples of our work include:

  • Conduct “justice reconnaissance” to continuously engage with workers and community partners on the front lines to help spot legal issues and respond to new and unique abuses
  • Provide know-your-rights trainings to low-wage and immigrant workers in communities across Colorado
  • Provide capacity building for partner organizations to help them issue spot workplace justice issues in collaboration with workers and clients
  • Provide technical support and regular Continuing Legal Education training–including our annual Wage Justice Day–to build the capacity of the private bar to represent low-wage and immigrant workers in wage and hour and other workplace justice cases
  • Train and encourage District Attorneys to participate in wage theft prosecutions and deter wage and hour violations through community engagement and communications
  • Generate informational and educational media coverage of the scourge of wage theft and empower workers to defend their rights
  • Co-Chair the Colorado Wage Theft Task Force with El Centro Humanitario para los Trabajadores
  • Raise awareness of workplace justice issues in a variety of contexts including but not limited to:
    • Freedom Network Conference, Immigrant Detention and Labor Trafficking, April 2018, 2019
    • NELA Wage and Hour Seminar, Fighting the Enforceability of Arbitration Clauses, April 2019
    • Harvard Law School, Unrigging the Labor Market Convening, July 2018
    • Detention Watch Network, Plenary Session Speaker, June 2018
    • United Brotherhood of Carpenters Western District Payroll Fraud Conference, May 2018
    • Mexican Consulate in Denver Annual Labor Rights Week
    • Curious Theatre Community Panel, Building the Wall, April 2017
    • AFL-CIO Lawyers Coordinating Committee Conference, Workers Center Roundtable, May 2017
    • Colorado Women’s Legislative Breakfast, February 2016
    • The Center on Human Rights Education’s 18th Annual Symposium, Colorado Case Study of Informal Labor, April 2017
    • Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition 2016 State Assembly, Wage Theft and How to Fight Back, July 2016
    • Southwest Bar Association, Colorado Department of Labor and Employment Wage Claim Process, March 2016
    • Plaintiffs Employment Lawyers Association, Wage Theft & the New CDLE Procedure, March 2015