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Wood Cutter Awarded Overtime Wages

On August 10,2015, Hearing Officer Patricia Oviedo of the Stockton Labor Commissioner office awarded Center for Workers’ Rights client nearly $27,000 in wages and penalties as a result of the employer’s failure to pay overtime wages.   The Center’s client described de
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Sacramento Workers’ Rights Clinic Opens

On June 2nd, the Center for Workers’ Rights and the Legal Aid Society – Employment Law Center added Sacramento as a new Workers’ Rights Clinic site, allowing greater numbers of low-wage workers in California to get free help with urgent workplace problems. The Sacramento site is
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Coalition of Low-Wage and Immigrant Worker Advocates 2015 Conference

The Center for Workers’ Rights helped plan and facilitate this year’s Coalition of Low-Wage and Immigrant Worker Advocates (CLIWA) Retreat and Conference.  The Conference was held on May 15 and 16th at the SEIU-USWW office in Los Angeles.   CLIWA was born in
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Coffee Shop Worker Did Not Abandon Job

On May 11, 2015, the Center for Workers’ Rights represented a coffee shop worker in her appeal for unemployment benefits before the California Unemployment Appeals Board. The Employment Development Department (EDD) previously sided with her employer finding that she abandoned her jo
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A Janitor’s Misclassification Results in Labor Commissioner Award

On April 13, 2015, the Labor Commissioner awarded Center for Workers’ Rights client Juana Rangel $27,053.14 in wages and penalties as a result of her misclassification as an independent contractor.  Ms. Rangel was employed as a janitor by Property Maintenance Group. Her work shift
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Solano County Immigrant Workers’ Rights Day

The Center for Workers’ Rights and the California Rural Legal Assistance Foundation (CRLAF) held the first Solano County Immigrant Workers’ Rights Day on Sunday, April 12, 2015 at IBEW 1245 Union Hall in Vacaville, CA. The day-long event consisted of a series of know your rights w
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Child Care Issues Did Not Bar Retail Worker from Receiving Unemployment

On March 17, 2015, UC Davis Law Student Sarah Bluestone represented a retail worker who was terminated from a jewelry store after 11 years of work before the California Unemployment Appeals Board in Stockton. For the past 6 months prior to termination, she was using her lunch time to
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Our First Birthday!

Today, March 21, 2015, marks the one-year anniversary of the incorporation of the Center for Workers’ Rights. We have come a long way over this last year. Even though the time has passed quickly, it is hard for me to remember life before the Center for Workers’ Rights. We have
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Leafleting Results in Wage Claim Victory

In September 2014, the Center represented a former employee of the Coffee Garden in proceedings before the state Labor Commissioner, alleging wage theft and violations of rest and meal period laws.  The Labor Commissioner awarded the employee over $4000 in lost wages, interest, and p
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