Asian Americans Advancing Justice - LA

Building upon the legacy of the Asian Pacific American Legal Center


Class Action Alleges Abuse At Salt Lake City’s Largest Hotel

Today, four workers filed a putative class action lawsuit against Grand America Hotels & Resorts, Inc. (“Grand America”) and its parent company Sinclair Service Co. (“Sinclair”), which operate Grand America Hotel, the largest hotel in Salt Lake City, Utah. The workers, who are originally from the Philippines, allege that Defendants used a sham J-1 visa internship program to inappropriately use current and recent students from abroad, eager to learn about the American hospitality industry, as a pool of low-wage workers. The workers allege that Defendants forced them to spend long hours working menial jobs for low wages with no formal training in violation of minimum-wage, discrimination, anti-racketeering and anti-human trafficking protections.

Civil Rights Groups Affirm Evidence that Race Matters

BOSTON, MA - Today, Asian Americans Advancing Justice, the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, the Lawyers for Civil Rights Boston, and Arnold Porter, LLP filed a Proposed Findings of Fact and Conclusions of Law following the trial in Students for Fair Admissions (SFFA) v. Harvard. During the three-week trial, SFFA failed to put forth testimony from a single applicant who claimed to have been discriminated against. In contrast, four Student Amici who we represent and four Student Organizational Amici provided unrebutted testimony that the consideration of race is necessary because we live in a society where race continues to matter and racial inequities persist. 

Students Will Be Allowed to Testify in Defense of Harvard’s Affirmative Action Program in Major Federal Court Case

LOS ANGELES, CA --  Today, a Federal judge granted a multiracial group of students’ request to testify in support of Harvard’s affirmative action program. Represented by Asian Americans Advancing Justice and  Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, these individuals will be the only students speaking in support of Harvard during testimony in the lawsuit challenging Harvard’s race-conscious holistic admissions policy (Students for Fair Admissions (SFFA) v. Harvard)

Labor Commissioner’s Office Cites Los Angeles Restaurant Over $500,000 for Wage Theft

LOS ANGELES —The Labor Commissioner’s Office has cited a Los Angeles restaurant $519,706 in wage theft violations for paying workers as little as $4 per hour. Since 2014, 25 servers at the Shrimp Lover’s Los Angeles location were paid less than the minimum wage, were not paid overtime or for meal and rest breaks and were required to work off the clock.

Advancing Justice-LA Receives Grant to Combat Labor Trafficking from the Jewish Community Foundation of Los Angeles

Advancing Justice - Los Angeles (Advancing Justice-LA) is a proud recipient of a General Community Grant from the Jewish Community Foundation of Los Angeles (The Foundation) to further expand the organization’s work to combat labor trafficking.  

Free Employment Law Presentation & Consultation for Mandarin Speaking Workers

Employment Lawyers and Volunteers will Provide Presentations and Consultations in Mandarin (and English, if needed) about:
  •  Differences in wages for hourly versus salaried work
  •  Work-related injury, who is responsible
  • Workplace discrimination
  • Being mistreated when working without work authorization 
  • Question and Answer Time

After the presentation, an attorney specializing in employment law will be providing confidential, individual consultations.

Civil Rights Advocates File Lawsuit to Stop ICE Raids on Cambodian Refugees

Cambodian refugees detained in recent raids by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) have filed a nationwide class action lawsuit challenging their unlawful arrests. Since early October, ICE has rounded up over a hundred Cambodian refugees with deportation orders, making these the largest raids ever to target the Cambodian community. Nearly 2000 Cambodian refugees are at risk of being unlawfully arrested.

Korean Port Truck Driver Challenges Retaliatory Lawsuit By Former Employer After Filing Wage Claim

LOS ANGELES, CA - On Monday, Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Los Angeles (Advancing Justice-LA) and Bird, Marella, Boxer, Wolpert, Nessim,Drooks, Lincenberg & Rhow P.C.(Bird Marella) filed a cross-complaint in Los Angeles Superior Court on behalf of Hyun Song, a former employee of JST Systems, Inc. (JST). The cross-complaint includes wage and hour violations in excess of $300,000, in addition to damages from a retaliatory suit filed by Song’s former employer. 

Legal and Community Organizations Announce Free Trainings on Labor Law and Protecting Businesses from ICE

The Rosemead Chamber of Commerce and Asian Youth Center in San Gabriel are hosting trainings as part of an on-going effort to create a prosperous local economy with a sustainable workforce. Amid growing anti-immigrant sentiment across the nation alongside an increased threat of raids by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), it is important for small business owners to arm themselves with knowledge and resources to comply with labor laws and protect their immigrant workforce while also meeting their bottom lines.



Advancing Justice-LA's helplines prioritize assistance to low-income persons in the following areas of law: family, immigration, public benefits, employement, housing, and civil rights. 

English: 888.349.9695
需要協助嗎: 800.520.2356
도움이 필요하십니까: 800.867.3640
Tagalog: 855.300.2552
ต้องการความช่วยเหลือ: 800.914.9583

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Our mission is to advocate for civil rights, provide legal services and education, and build coalitions to positively influence and impact Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders and to create a more equitable and harmonious society.