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Law Office Management

Dec. 2, 2014

Good Works: Little Claims, Big Differences

Legal nonprofit Bet Tzedek enlists volunteer lawyers to help workers file employment claims

THE VOLUNTEERS: Calling all lawyers in the Los Angeles area.

THE CLIENTS: Low-wage workers in Los Angeles County, who often find that their employment claims are too small for private lawyers to take on.

THE WORK: The legal nonprofit Bet Tzedek coordinates volunteer lawyers to advise workers in filing claims for nonpayment of wages, below-minimum pay, failure to pay overtime when required, and denial of unemployment benefits. Bet Tzedek identifies claimants and places them with pro bono attorneys.

THE RESULTS: Since 2001, Bet Tzedek has helped 5,000 people recover more than $13 million in settlements and judgments.

GET INVOLVED: Contact Bet Tzedek's volunteer coordinator at (323) 549-5895 or


Kari Santos

Daily Journal Staff Writer

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