Small Claims Project

7610769854_89ffdd83f1_oThe Small Claims Project aims to combat wage-theft, which is crippling low-wage worker immigrant communities, by accessing small claims courts to litigate various kinds of wage and hour violations. The Small Claims Project secures representation for, or undertakes direct representation of, workers referred by worker centers. In order for workers to recognize when their rights have been violated and empower them to pursue justice directly, the Project trains organizers and workers about their rights and how to use the courts to redress violations of those rights. The Project will also train judges and court personnel on wage-and-hour law, since small claims courts have not traditionally seen these kinds of actions, while monitoring the courts to ensure interpretation is provided. The Project also will collect and report data about the extent and prevalence of wage-theft for further advocacy purposes.