Employment Law

Getting Workers Their Due

Since joining LAM as an Equal Justice Fellow in 2011, Joanna Shalleck-Klein has championed the rights of clients working in the underground economy—janitors, day laborers and caregivers who are often monolingual Spanish-speaking immigrants. As LAM’s lead staff attorney on employment matters, she was instrumental in securing a landmark statewide class action settlement on behalf of hundreds of underpaid janitors who cleaned Ross Dress For Less stores in California.

The case broke new ground under California Labor Code section 2810, which bans companies from knowingly underfunding janitorial contracts so subcontractors cannot afford to comply with the law. The settlement provides $1 million for janitors who cleaned Ross stores, along with prospective relief designed to ensure current and future janitors are paid minimum wage.

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