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.
NEWSLETTER: Policy Matters, November 2017
November 30, 2017
Empire Justice Center 2018 State Policy Priorities: Promoting Strength, Protecting Justice
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.
This summer has been a wild ride: the people spoke, and we defeated several proposals to make harmful changes to health care. Over and over again you were asked to make calls, send emails, attend events all over New York State, and you did.
Elizabeth (Liz) Nicolas is a Workers’ Rights Attorney in Empire Justice Center’s Rochester Office and a member of the Steering Committee for POWER (People Organizing for Worker Empowerment and Respect), a worker center in Rochester for low wage, urban workers. Liz represents low-wage workers in wage theft, discrimination, retaliation and other employment-related cases.
Liz is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and the Drexel University School of Law. Before moving to Rochester, Liz was a litigator in Philadelphia and volunteered doing human rights work in South Africa and Colombia.
Elizabeth Koo received her J.D. from the City University of New York (CUNY) School of Law where she was a Graduate Fellow. While at CUNY, Elizabeth represented immigrant workers in wage theft cases and CUNY undergraduates in contested public benefits hearings as a student attorney with CUNY Law's Workers' Rights Clinic and Economic Justice Project. During law school, Elizabeth also worked with the Mississippi Workers’ Center for Human Rights, Fordham Law School’s Feerick Center for Social Justice and Urban Justice Center’s Community Development Project. Prior to law school, Elizabeth was a community organizer and program associate with the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund. Elizabeth received her B.A. from Barnard College.
Elizabeth's fellowship project focused on providing direct legal representation to workers in wage theft cases and other employment matters, engaging in policy advocacy work to improve labor laws, and conducting community outreach and education in support of workers and workers' centers.
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.