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About the Workplace Justice Clinic

The Workplace Justice Project (WJP) was created in December 2005 to provide legal services to low-wage workers who came to New Orleans in the post-Hurricane Katrina clearing and rebuilding efforts and who were not being paid their earned wages. For more information on the history and mission of the Workplace Justice Project, please visit this site.

Student Practitioners in the Workplace Justice Clinic are critical to the work of the WJP: They endeavor to educate workers about their rights and the legal process, litigate their claims in order to hold employers accountable and advocate for changes and modifications in the law, where appropriate, so that workers’ workplace conditions are respected and wages are valued, protected and recovered in the least expensive, most efficient way possible. In this context, Student Practitioners have the opportunity to represent clients from initial interview and counsel to final resolution by negotiation, trial or appeal, in varied causes of action in or related to labor and employment law; these include, but are not limited to state remedies for non-payment of wages, state construction labor liens, state obligations law, Federal Fair Labor Standards Act, Title VII, Age Discrimination in Employment Act, American with Disabilities Act, 42 USC §1981, Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986-Anti-Discrimination Provisions, Section 7-concerted activity under the National Labor Relations Act, workers as creditors in Bankruptcy Court and state and federal procedural law. 

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Section Success

Student practitioners of The Workplace Justice Project, supervised by Professor Luz M. Molina,  recently settled a breach of contract case on behalf of a client with meritorious but complex claims. The case presented complicated issues in construction law and under the laws of equity, not frequently addressed by Louisiana jurisprudence. The students' efforts to meet these challenges resulted in the client's recovery of wages for work he performed several years ago.

Supervised by Professor Luz M. Molina

News Coverage

Low Wage Memorandum

Professor Luz Molina and colleagues at the Workplace Justice Project joined with the U.S. Department of Labor to sign a memorandum supporting workers who are paid low wages in Louisiana. WWNO shares the story.

Valley Labor Report

Erika Zucker, Director of Policy & Advocacy for the Workplace Justice Project at the Law Clinic, was interviewed by the Valley Labor Report to talk about the WJP's work overall, and organizing for workers' rights in the South. Find the interview here.

Nurses' Union

Erika Zucker weighs in on the recent decision by nurses at LCMC Health’s University Medical Center to move forward with an election to vote on a union. Find the article here.

Mucho Más

Senior Staff Attorney Andrea M. Agee is quoted by on the Workplace Justice Project's efforts to recover unpaid wages on behalf of former staff of Mucho Más, a Mexican Restaurant that closed over the summer in 2023. The closing was highly publicized after Mucho Más staff walked off the job after not receiving their paychecks. Mucho Más owner, Shawn Toups, is opening a new restaurant in the same location. Find the article here.