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Updated: Jul 31, 2019

Louisiana Appleseed developed a project to address the growing number of wage claim issues throughout the state.

Community Partners:

The Pro Bono Project

Loyola Law Clinic


Due to the increased number of unlicensed contractors and higher number of Latino immigrants, local legal service providers are seeing an increased number of cases in which construction workers are not paid for the work they do. Some attorneys are reluctant to accept this type of work because they are unfamiliar with the laws pertaining to the subject. The Pro Bono Project and Louisiana Appleseed volunteers have conducted research, have drafted and published a Wage Claim Training Guide. This guide will provide attorneys with the knowledge they need to represent their clients effectively. Appleseed and its partners have also used the guide in a well-attended free CLE class on the subject. Long term goals of this project include advocacy for reform in wage theft laws, practices and procedures.

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