Equal Justice Center

Equal Justice Center

The Equal Justice Center is a non-profit law office and employment justice organization that empowers low-income families, workers, and communities to achieve fair treatment in the workplace. The EJC helps low-wage working people take legal action to recover unpaid wages and remedy employment discrimination.

Equal Justice Center

The Equal Justice Center is a non-profit law office and employment justice organization that empowers low-income families, workers, and communities to achieve fair treatment in the workplace. The EJC helps low-wage working people take legal action to recover unpaid wages and remedy employment discrimination.

About the Organization:

The Equal Justice Center is a non-profit law office and employment justice organization that empowers low-income families, workers, and communities to achieve fair treatment in the workplace. The EJC helps low-wage working people take legal action to recover unpaid wages and remedy employment discrimination.

organizational budget

$0 - $50,000

existence for

0-5 Years

The Issue:

Employers steal almost as much in wages from their workers each year as every other type of robbery combined – costing workers and their families billions of dollars each year. And yet Houston – the nation’s fourth largest city – has just one law office specifically focused on enforcing the basic employment rights of low-wage workers. That’s us at the EJC. Houston is one of the nation’s most diverse metropolitan areas, and the AAPI population is Houston’s fastest growing demographic – currently estimated at 165,000 people. With workplace exploitation widespread in Houston – particularly for immigrant and minority populations, including the underserved AAPI community – it is clear that there’s a sore need for legal education and representation to provide access to justice for low-income AAPI workers in the Houston area.

The Solution:

The EJC will turn its proven legal expertise to expand the workers’ rights resources available to Houston’s AAPI community.
Specifically, we will:
  • Build and strengthen relationships with existing trusted organizations serving the AAPI community;
  • Provide know-your-rights workshops and legal consultations in partnership with those organizations;
  • Create and disseminate educational materials in Vietnamese, Chinese, and Filipino/Tagalog through channels easily accessed by AAPI community members, including print media, radio, community partners, and religious organizations;
  • Undergo cultural sensitivity training to allow us to better serve underserved AAPI populations; and
  • Represent low-wage AAPI community members, regardless of immigration status, in holding their abusive employers accountable through the legal system.
In short, we will support AAPI workers in challenging abusive employment practices through the legal system – and winning. And we will empower the community by educating them on their rights and how to stand up for themselves when facing unfair or unsafe working conditions.

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