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.
PRESS RELEASE: New Legal Help Line Available to Those Seeking Unemployment and Paid Family Leave Benefits
April 29, 2020
Today, thanks to funding received through the Rochester Area Community Foundation and United Way of Greater Rochester’s Community Crisis Fund, Empire Justice is announcing the launch of the Unemployment and Paid Leave Legal Help Line.
In this December 2019 edition of Policy Matters we’ll be covering victories for language access and survivors of domestic violence; setbacks for low income New Yorkers; how protections against wage theft are hanging in the balance; a round-up of some of 2019’s important consumer finance and housing legislation; and recognition for our staff!
In this October 2019 edition of Policy Matters we'll be covering a victory for parents who work the night shift; the story of a client's battle for kincare benefits and how it relates to the access to justice gap; an article about one of our Disability Advocacy Program attorneys; opposition to a dangerous federal proposal to cut SNAP benefits; information on Public Charge for Spanish speakers; and several instances of community recognition and collaboration. We're also asking readers to GET INVOLVED and help make sure three important bills are signed by the Governor!
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.
Welcome to the May edition of our newsletter, Policy Matters. A lot has happened since our last edition, which came out in early March, just as COVID-19 was beginning to first show up in New York. Empire Justice spent the month of March, as many of us did, trying to pivot to a new normal while keeping our organization on track. This edition we’ll be filling you in on what some of that work has looked like.