Who We Are
Fair Work Center empowers workers to achieve fair employment. We are a hub for workers to understand and exercise their legal rights, improve working conditions and connect with community resources.
We envision a society in which workers are treated with dignity and respect, regardless of class, gender, or race. We will work to ensure that workers are informed of their rights under the law and that employers are held accountable to labor standards.
What We Do
Fair Work Center provides the following support to workers:
- We provide resources outlining employee rights in various languages.
- We conduct know your rights and workplace health & safety workshops in various languages.
- We help workers navigate city, state, and federal government agencies.
- We provide free legal clinics for workers to seek advice about potential workplace violations.
Rachel Lauter most recently served as the Deputy Chief of Staff and Director of Appointments for Mayor de Blasio in New York City. In that role, she served as the Mayor’s senior personnel advisor, making hundreds of appointments and hiring the most diverse group of senior leaders in New York City history. She also oversaw the operational, administrative, and fiscal functions of the Mayor’s office, served as a policy advisor to the Mayor on issues related to campaign finance, election administration, and voting, and drafted and negotiated dozens of local laws. Prior to joining the de Blasio administration, she served as an Assistant Counsel to Governor Andrew Cuomo and as a federal law clerk. Lauter is the co-founder of New Kings Democrats, a Brooklyn-based political organization. She is a graduate of Brown University and Harvard Law School, where she served as President of the Harvard Legal Aid Bureau, the oldest student-run legal services provider in the country.
Our founding Legal Director, Liz is now of counsel with the Fair Work Legal Clinic while teaching full time at the Seattle University School of Law. Liz has been a labor and employment lawyer for 25 years and is also faculty at Seattle University School of Law, Peterson Law Clinic. An experienced clinical legal educator, and she has also taught Labor Law, Negotiation, Dispute Resolution, Collective Bargaining and Legal Writing. Liz has strong relationships in the legal community, the labor community and with both law schools, having also served as Assistant Dean at University of Washington School of Law.
Andra is responsible for leading program operations, supporting the outreach team and collaborating with Fair Work Center’s strong network of community partners. She also works with the Executive Director to set program strategy. She was previously the Intake & Outreach Staff Attorney in the Fair Work Legal Clinic. Andra has been a community advocate in Seattle and South King County for over fifteen years. Prior attending law school, she was a family advocate for people living homeless. After graduating law school, Andra was the Justice in Action Fellow at Columbia Legal Services (CLS), providing critical legal support and advocacy that was instrumental in producing Seattle’s groundbreaking priority hire ordinance. Andra later joined CLS as staff attorney with the Institutions Project. Most recently, Andra was a Legislative Aide for Seattle City Councilmember Lisa Herbold. Andra earned her J.D. from Seattle University School of Law and her B.A. in Urban and Regional Planning from Eastern Washington University.
Danielle directs the Fair Work Center Legal Clinic. She works with her team to develop and implement innovative legal strategies to empower workers, enforce minimum standards, and shift the balance of power in the workplace. Most recently, she was an Immigrants’ Rights Staff Attorney at Takeroot Justice, where she provided direct representation, policy and technical assistance, and strategic campaign support to grassroots immigrants’ rights organizations and workers centers in New York City. Prior to that, she was an Immigrant Justice Corps Fellow at CARECEN. Danielle has more than a decade of experience working in movements for racial and economic justice across the country, which has deeply informed her approach to legal advocacy. She speaks Spanish, attended Whitman College and Northeastern University School of Law, and is a proud past recipient of the National Lawyers Guild C.B. King Award.
Danielle advises and represents workers who want to understand and enforce their rights under local, state, and federal employment laws. She also provides no-cost legal consultations and represents workers in their small claims cases. Before law school, Danielle worked on SeaTac’s $15 minimum wage campaign. During law school, she interned with the Northwest Justice Project and the Northwest Consumer Law Center, where she worked on various consumer protection related issues, including foreclosures and bankruptcies. She also served as a judicial extern for Justice Johnson in Olympia. Danielle earned her J.D. from Seattle University School of Law and B.A. in Political Science, with departmental honors, from Seattle University. Danielle is admitted to practice law in Washington.
Shawn litigates and advocates on behalf of workers in actions to enforce their rights under local, state, and federal employment laws. He conducts legal consultations, maintains a caseload of individual cases, and is working to design and implement other advocacy approaches designed to support enforcement and shift power in the workplace. As a law student, Shawn worked as an in-house legal assistant before interning at the Fair Work Center as a Rule 9 Licensed Legal Intern. Shawn earned his J.D. from the University of Washington School of Law and his B.A. in Law, Societies, and Justice from the University of Washington. He speaks Spanish, Urdu and Hindi and enjoys rock climbing. Shawn is admitted to practice law in Washington.
Ricardo joined the Fair Work Center team as part of the alignment with Working Washington. He is the Outreach and Education Specialist for Fair Work Center and Field Organizer for Working Washington. He is originally from Mexico City, Mexico, although he and his family have called Yakima home for more than a decade. Ricardo has over five years of experience organizing and training workers in Yakima Valley, particularly among agricultural and warehouse workers. He has deep-rooted relationships in the faith-based and Latinx communities. He is responsible for training and educating workers in the Yakima Valley. In addition, he identifies, recruits, and develops worker leaders and activists to build worker power.
Doris is originally from Monterrey, NL, Mexico and moved to Seattle in 2011. She joined the Fair Work Center after working as an organizer for the Domestic Workers Bill of Rights with Working Washington. She has over 8 years of experience as a nanny and has a strong commitment to building community through education, advocacy, and fostering strong relationships.
Henny is responsible for the coordination of intakes and administrative support for the Fair Work Center Legal Clinic. Previously, she interned for Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal’s campaign and the Neighborhood Legal Clinics at the King County Bar Association. Henny earned her B.A. in Philosophy at the University of Washington.
Amy Yi, Outreach & Education Specialist, amy(at)fairworkcenter.org
Amy’s background is in labor education and language instruction. She has worked in organized labor in a support role and as an educator. Working class history, the social construction of race, wealth inequality, leadership development and facilitation/pedagogy were the primary foci during her work with union members and staff. She holds an M.Ed in Adult Education and Applied Linguistics from Seattle University. She spent nearly a decade as a worker in the service industry, in nonunion retail and restaurants both in Seattle and in her hometown of Las Vegas, Nevada.
Josh is responsible for managing public and government affairs as well as external communications for Fair Work Center. Josh has over ten years of experience in the public, private and non-profit sectors working on progressive policy development, advocacy and strategic communications. Locally, he has worked for Seattle City Councilmember Mike O’Brien, Northwest Harvest and Public Health – Seattle & King County, as well as for Peter D. Hart Research Associates in Washington, D.C.
Zhi Chen, Operations Coordinator, zhi(at)fairworkcenter.org
David Rolf, President
Rebecca Saldana, Vice President
WA State Senator, 37th Legislative District
Rebecca Smith, Treasurer
National Employment Law Project
Martin Luther King County Labor Council
Breskin Johnson & Townsend