Free legal help for low-wage workers affected by wildfires

We don't ask about immigration status

October 19, 2017

Field workers, dishwashers, house cleaners and other low-income workers are being hit hard by the loss of homes and jobs to the wildfires that have devastated Northern California this month. As experts in workers’ rights, we are beefing up our free online resources and clinic services in response.

For undocumented immigrants, the challenges of this catastrophe are compounded by the fear that seeking help will expose them to immigration officials. But we assist low-wage workers regardless of their status; Legal Aid at Work never asks about immigration status.

Call 866-864-8208 for help or to make an appointment, or visit the clinic page of our website. For information on dozens of specific topics in workers’ rights, visit; most of our fact sheets are available in multiple languages.

We offer services in person or by phone and in Spanish, Mandarin, and Cantonese, as well as English. (We also arrange for interpreters for clients who speak other languages.)

Napa and Sonoma wildfires aftermath, October 2017. Credit Noah Berger/San Francisco Chronicle

Remember: Undocumented workers have almost all the same workplace rights as other workers. Read more here. Or watch our a video (in Spanish or English, or choose Chinese, Vietnamese, or Tagalog subtitles).

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