Wage Justice Clinic

The Wage Justice Clinic provides free legal assistance to help low-wage workers with their claims against employers who violate state and local law by paying below minimum wage.

The clinic is held once a month where law students work with attorneys to help low-wage workers file claims against their employers for wage theft. Wage theft is a pervasive problem among low-wage workers, minority, non-English speaking, and/or immigrant workers. As the cost of living in the Bay Area skyrockets, the legal services provided by students in this clinic will become increasingly critical to help low income folks in our community make ends meet.

Students will get a chance to use their legal skills in the real world from interviewing clients all the way to representing the very same clients in settlement conferences before the California Labor Commission. Lunch and refreshments are provided for students at each clinic.

We look forward to working with a great group of students who love helping people and are committed to addressing income inequality in the Bay Area!

What students will be doing:

  • interview & intake clients
  • investigate claims
  • research employment law issues
  • draft documents (claims, demand letters, etc.)
  • attend and represent clients at settlement conferences and hearings

Supervision: Students will receiving training from and be supervised by attorneys from Legal Aid at Work.

Time Commitment

  • Estimated number of hours per semester: 20-25 hours.
  • Estimated number of hours per week: Once a month only for ~6 hours.
  • Days and times for any weekly commitments: Fridays from 12:30-6PM.
  • Trainings: One day training around the start of each semester for 4-5 hours.

For more information, please contact the student leaders at wagejusticeclinic@berkeley.edu.

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