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Gonzalo Serrano

2014, Equal Justice Works Fellowships, Gonzalo Serrano

Gonzalo Serrano

Name of Host Organization: Equal Justice Center
City, State: Dallas, Texas
Issue area: Workers' Rights, Immigrant Populations
Sponsors: Texas Access to Justice Foundation

The Project

Gonzalo worked to bring wage recovery and employment justice legal services to low-wage immigrant working men and women in Dallas/Ft Worth, the largest urban area in the nation lacking legal services of this kind.

The Inspiration

Need Addressed By Project
State and federal laws give all workers the right to be paid for their labor and to be protected from discrimination and abuse, regardless of their poverty or immigration status. In underserved areas of Texas, like Dallas/Ft Worth, many low-wage immigrant workers are not aware of their wage and employment rights or how they can safely protect those rights. In addition, there is a dearth of employment lawyers in this region with the specialized knowledge, skills, and experience to help low-wage workers enforce their rights. This has created a climate of impunity for predatory employers who believe they can get away with underpaying and exploiting low-wage workers – especially immigrants.