The Fair Work Legal Clinic is a free civil legal aid clinic operated in partnership with Seattle University and the University of Washington schools of law. We educate, advise and represent workers in employment law cases.
The Legal Clinic focuses on low-wage industries where workers’ rights are routinely violated. Our current priority industries are:
- Restaurants & Food Service
- Warehouses & Janitorial
- Domestic Work
- Gig Economy
- Other low-wage industries with COVID-19 related workplace issues
Legal Clinic staff speak Spanish, Urdu, Hindi, and Korean, and we regularly use professional interpreters in order to serve workers from a wide range of backgrounds.
Services We Provide
No-Cost Legal Consultation
Do you believe something illegal is going on in your workplace? Our Clinic provides an opportunity to talk through those workplace issues and learn about your legal rights.
Every worker who meets with us receives an individualized legal assessment of their situation at work from one of our Clinic attorneys, law students or staff. We will discuss your right to be paid fully, to work in a safe environment, and to be free from discrimination and retaliation. Clinic attorneys and staff will strategize with you about how to achieve your goals.
For workers who need to meet after work in the evenings, we offer monthly appointment-only Community Clinics at either the Fair Work Center Legal Clinic office (map) or Seattle University School of Law (map). At these clinics, you will receive in-person legal consultation and a discussion of your options. The Clinics are staffed by law students enrolled in the Seattle University/University of Washington Workers’ Rights Clinic and local volunteer attorneys. Our Clinics are offered in partnership with the King County Bar Association Neighborhood Legal Clinics.
Clinics in Partnership with Community-Based Organizations
We host legal clinics onsite at local community-based organizations, including the Fair Work Collaborative. These clinics are designed to reduce barriers for workers seeking legal consultation about workplace issues.
We also offer workers resources and support to communicate with their employers, pursue claims on their own or connect with other advocacy groups. These tools include writing demand letters, navigating government complaint processes, or filing lawsuits in Small Claims Court.
Small Claims Clinic
For workers who are seeking $10,000 or less from an employer, the best and quickest path forward can be to file a lawsuit in the county Small Claims Court. The Fair Work Center Legal Clinic can guide workers through the Small Claims Court process, from beginning to end. We work closely with each worker to ensure they are fully prepared to pursue their unpaid wages and advise them every step of the way.
For some cases we provide full representation. Our representation is client-centered and focused on the workers’ goals.