Employment / Unemployment 2016-10-30T09:24:01+00:00

Employment / Unemployment

JALA’s Employment Law Project

JALA promotes the stability of low wage and disadvantaged workers and their families by advocating for workplace rights, job preservation and the means to overcome barriers to employment. The ability of community members to earn a living is a critical component of the economic development and quality of life of any community. Through legal advice, representation, education, and other forms of advocacy, the Employment Law Project helps workers be productive, self-sufficient members of the community and guards against workplace abuses.

JALA Services Offered

The Employment Law Project provides qualified applicants with free legal advice, representation or referral for assistance from volunteer attorneys or government enforcement agencies in the following areas.

Criminal background
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Harassment
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Your Rights When You Lose Your Job
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Human Trafficking
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Discrimination
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Occupational License
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Family & Medical Leave
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Pay Problems
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Florida Minimum Wage
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Unemployment Compensation
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Hardship Driver Licenses
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Workers Compensation
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Workers’ Rights Clinics

Community education is an important focus of the Employment Law Project to help workers understand and enforce their workplace rights and dispel misinformation that may cause them to unnecessarily risk their income. For example, click here to see the Top 10 Myths about Workplace Rights. At Workers’ Rights Clinics, an attorney provides free advice about workplace rights, enforcement methods, and means for handling workplace disputes.

  • JALA Workers’ Rights Clinic: The Employment Law Project partners with WorkSource to provide Workers’ Rights Clinics to WorkSource clients. Please contact WorkSource at (904) 798-9229 for dates, locations, and times.
  • JALA Workers’ Rights Clinic: The Employment Law Project partners with WorkSource to provide Workers’ Rights Clinics to WorkSource clients. Please contact WorkSource at (904) 798-9229 for dates, locations, and times.
  • Florida Legal Aid Organizations: The Employment Law Project provides information and support to other Florida legal aid organizations interested in advocating for workplace rights.
Donate Your Services

Lawyers: Please support the working poor

There are far more low-wage workers that need assistance than JALA can serve. You can make a dramatic difference in the lives of the working poor by volunteering your time or financial support. JALA offers free lawyer training where needed for those wishing to volunteer their services. If you would like to donate your services, please click here. If you would like to make a financial donation, please click here.
Thank you for your support!

Community Resources

List of agencies providing financial and other assistance in the Duval County Area: Dial telephone number 211

Florida Minimum Wage:
WorkSource

Free Job Search Assistance:
WorkSource

Help for individuals with criminal records to re-enter employment:
The National HIRE Network

Human Trafficking:
United States Department of Justice

Report trafficking crimes or get help by calling the toll-free hotline
1-888-428-7581 (voice and TTY)

Unemployment Compensation:
WorkSource