Law Clinic receives grant from Foundation for Louisiana

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The Workplace Justice Project in the Stuart H. Smith Law Clinic and Center for Social Justice in Loyola University New Orleans' College of Law is the recipient of a $50,000 grant that will be used to address employer wage theft in Louisiana.

The Workplace Justice Project in the Stuart H. Smith Law Clinic and Center for Social Justice in Loyola University New Orleans’ College of Law is the recipient of a $50,000 grant that will be used to address employer wage theft in Louisiana.

The College of Law was awarded the grant by the Foundation for Louisiana, which recently awarded $843,000 to support 22 organizations working in communities throughout the state to ensure that more Louisianans have safe access to affordable housing, opportunities to earn a decent living, and a voice in decisions that affect their futures. Foundation for Louisiana grants are supporting projects in Shreveport, New Orleans, Monroe, Lake Charles, Baton Rouge and dozens of rural communities throughout the state. This is the first year the foundation has awarded grants.

An influx of immigrants and low-wage workers moved to New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina to help with rebuilding efforts. Many have been the victims of wage theft, and the clinic will use the grant money to help draft a proposed expansion to the current state wage lien law, which will help their clients legally and successfully receive money owed to them.

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Published December 16, 2011