Does your employer owe you money? Are you paid less than $8.25 an hour? Are you not paid overtime when you work more than 40 hours a week? If so, you may be a victim of “wage theft.”
I am offering a Wage Theft Legal Clinic where you can get confidential advice from an attorney or law student on a first-come, first-served basis. The clinic will be held on Tuesday, January 20th, from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., at my 49th Ward Service Office, 7356 N. Greenview (at Jarvis).
I am co-sponsoring this clinic with Interfaith Worker Justice and the Chicago Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under the Law as a way to address this all-to-common problem.
Wage theft primarily affects low-wage workers, but can happen anywhere. Wage theft takes place when an employer fails to pay a worker the full wages he or she is owed. It can occur in many forms, such as improper deductions from a paycheck, failure to pay for overtime work, or any other action in which the employee does not receive the wages promised him or her.
These are exactly the kind of issues that the Chicago Wage Theft Clinic helps workers resolve. Ordinarily, the clinic is offered downtown at the John Marshall Law School, but for the first time ever, it will be offered here in Rogers Park! If you are concerned about illegal underpayment at your job, please don’t miss the opportunity to receive free legal advice.
Anyone who walks into the clinic will be greeted by a law student or attorney who will interview them confidentially in English or Spanish, then consult with a supervising attorney on the best options for winning back the wages they deserve. The clinic will see anyone regardless of income, residency or documentation status.
Please bring all documents related to your employment claim.
If you have any questions, please call my Ward Service Office at 773-338-5796. If you are unable to attend this Tuesday event, and need advice or wish to attend a future clinic downtown, please call 773-998-1320.