Press Release: Groundbreaking Lawsuit against Petsmart Alleging Illegal Training Repayment Agreement

July 28, 2022 | San Mateo, CA — Today, BreAnn Scally, a former PetSmart pet groomer filed a groundbreaking class action lawsuit against the retail pet supply giant, alleging that the firm is engaged in a scheme to trap trainee pet groomers in their low-wage jobs by levying thousands of dollars in abusive and unenforceable … Continued

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Press Release: Drivers Sue to Block Uber, Lyft’s Illegal Price Fixing

Antitrust Violations Prevent Rideshare Drivers from Controlling Work, While Creating an Unfair Advantage for Rideshare Platforms MEDIA ADVISORY FOR: June 21, 2022 CONTACT: Elizabeth Brennan at 213-999-2164 SAN FRANCISCO – Three California rideshare drivers today filed a first-of-its-kind class action lawsuit in Superior Court of the State of California seeking to stop Uber and Lyft … Continued


Know Your Rights!

Learn what you need to know about workplace rights in Colorado. In this free online class, we will address common situations and answer questions. Listen and participate in English or Spanish. Topics include wage theft, workplace discrimination, and ways employers make it harder to leave your job. Sponsored by Towards Justice, Alpine Legal Services, Garfield … Continued


Damages In Class Actions Consumer Protection Act

Last week, Governor Polis signed the Damages In Class Actions Consumer Protection Act bill into law. This law will allow Colorado’s consumers, workers, small businesses, and so many others who are harmed by fraud and unfair practices to hold corporate wrongdoers accountable through class actions. Class actions are essential tools for protecting our communities. They allow those … Continued


Press Release: Farmworker Advocates File Lawsuit Challenging Overtime Pay Standards Rule on Cesar Chavez day

PRESS RELEASE EMBARGOED UNTIL Thursday, March 31, 2022 PRESS CONTACT: Hunter Knapp, 925-719-3223, Jenifer Rodriguez, 720-682-1550,| Pamela Reséndiz Trujano, 303-717-8240, Farmworker Advocates File Lawsuit Challenging Overtime Pay Standards Rule on Cesar Chavez day Denver, CO – Today, on Cesar Chavez day, a holiday that celebrates the life of a civil rights activist … Continued

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Liminal Legality: Immigration in the Rocky Mountain West

Join the DU Center for Immigration Policy & Research’s (CIPR) inaugural symposium where our very own Nina Disalvo will be speaking! On April 7th and 8th, the symposium will feature immigration scholars, activists, and community partners, including internationally renowned immigration scholar Cecilia Menjivar.   RSVP link:

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Press Release: Lawsuit Filed Challenging Polis Administration’s Alleged Violations of State Constitutional Amendment Prohibiting Involuntary Servitude

DENVER, February 15, 2022 – This morning, Richard Lilgerose and Harold Mortis, who are currently incarcerated by the State of Colorado, filed a proposed class action lawsuit against the state, Governor Polis, and the Department of Corrections alleging that Colorado engages in persistent and widespread violations of the state’s constitutional prohibition against slavery and involuntary servitude. The … Continued

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Colorado Department of Labor and Employment Issues Groundbreaking Farmworker Safety Standards

On January 31, after Towards Justice’s advocacy in coalition with farmworkers, farmers, organizers, and advocates around the state, the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment enacted safety rules that provide Colorado farmworkers with some of the strongest health and safety protections in the country. Farmworkers confront deadly working conditions that have only worsened as temperatures rise and air … Continued

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Article: Nurses Who Faced Lawsuits for Quitting Are Fighting Back

By Josh Eidelson Bloomberg News Hospitals are leaning harder than ever on underpaid contract staffers, many from the Philippines. The ones who are suing could change that. (Read the full article) A couple of years ago, Novie Dale Carmen paid $20,000 to quit her nursing job. She was less than halfway to fulfilling the three-year commitment she’d … Continued

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Press Release: Workers Advocate for Legislation for Safer and Healthier Workplaces

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE DATE: January 26, 2022 CONTACT: Paul Westrick, 303-941-2314 Workers Advocate for Legislation for Safer and Healthier Workplaces Bill to give Colorado workers the ability to raise concerns about workplace health and safety practices without fear of retaliation DENVER, CO –Senators Pettersen and Rodriguez and Representatives Herod and Sullivan will be joined by … Continued

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Press Release: Former Blush & Blu workers file lawsuit over rampant wage theft and race-based worker mistreatment

On Friday, three former employees of Blush & Blu, one of the few remaining lesbian bars in the country, filed a lawsuit against the prominent Denver bar. The workers allege that Blush & Blu and its owner Jody Bouffard discriminated against one of the bar’s only Black workers, habitually failed to pay its employees minimum wage, and, at times, … Continued

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