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.
Welcome to the September edition of our newsletter, Policy Matters. In this edition we cover our efforts at federal SSI reform, our suit representing school employees in Greece, a sneak preview of our 2022 policy agenda, and an update on the sanctions bill.
PRESS RELEASE: Applications Being Accepted for Hanna S. Cohn Equal Justice Fellowship
August 12, 2021
The goal of this prestigious Fellowship is to increase legal advocacy for Greater Rochester’s low-income families in high priority areas that are currently underserved. The Fellowship will be awarded to a dynamic and talented new lawyer beginning a career in the practice of poverty law.
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 October edition of our newsletter, Policy Matters. In this edition we cover the release of the Rochester Latinx Agenda, SNAP benefits for prepared meals, the Sanctions bill, our new crime victims guide, how to receive the child tax credit, an overview of domestic violence legislation passed in the last two years, and an award for a lifetime of consumer advocacy.