Hard working New Yorkers deserve fair and full pay for the work they do. Yet across the state, millions of low-wage and immigrant workers are paid less than the minimum wage, denied overtime pay, forced to work off the clock, subject to illegal deductions, misclassified as independent contractors or not paid at all. Empire Justice Center fights to enforce workers’ rights under the Fair Labor Standards Act, New York Labor Law and the Wage Theft Payment Act.
Policy Matters – May 2019
May 09, 2019
In this May 2019 edition of Policy Matters we’ll be covering a victory for public school students; the release of a new domestic violence report; legislative updates on important bills regarding rights of domestic violence survivors, crime victims, and workers; analysis of several new laws passed through this year’s budget process; efforts to protect the rights of immigrant New Yorkers and student loan borrowers; and some well-deserved recognition for members of our staff!
Happy Halloween. Our policy team has been hard at work bringing our organization’s priorities together, and we will have them for you soon. You can expect a concise plan that will tackle the issues low income people are facing today, highlighting a path to make the law work for all New Yorkers.
Ryan Mullaney is a staff paralegal with the Civil Rights, Education, and Employment (CREE) practice group at the Empire Justice Center’s Rochester office. He provides intake and administrative support to the CREE team.
Ryan has a background in legal services, policy advocacy, and community organizing. He has focused on issues related to education, domestic violence, police brutality, and LGBTQ+ rights.
Ryan holds a bachelor’s degree from Hobart & William Smith Colleges. He is a native of Schenectady, New York.
Peter Dellinger is a senior staff attorney with the Empire Justice Center's Rochester office. He represents low-income clients in consumer, civil rights and employment matters, and supervises the Empire Justice Wage Theft Project and consumer rights work.
Before attending law school he was a Robert F. Kennedy Fellow, and after receiving his J.D. degree from the Antioch School of Law, he clerked for Judge John T. Curtin of the United States District Court for the Western District of New York.
Peter began his legal services career in the Midwest, where he directed a state-wide legal services program representing migrant farmworkers. During this time, he completed language course work at the Academia Hispano Americana in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. Peter Dellinger is admitted to practice in the District of Columbia, Ohio, and New York, and before the United States Tax Court and the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.
He received his B.A. degree from University of Toronto, and has an M.A. degree in American Government from American University.