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About Farmworker & Landscaper Advocacy Project

The Farmworker and Landscaper Advocacy Project (FLAP)- Ayuda para Trabajadores- was created in 1999 in response to restrictions on federal funding which severely limited the assistance that federally-funded legal services programs could provide to many of our clients. FLAP is committed to advocating for our clients and providing them with employment-related legal assistance. FLAP carries out its mission through litigation, outreach, community legal education, community education and referrals. FLAP also partners with other organizations to fight human labor trafficking"

Who We Are

The Farmworker and Landscaper Advocacy Project-FLAP- Ayuda para Trabajadores- is a nonprofit organization based in Chicago. FLAP covers Illinois doing outreach, referrals, community education and community legal education presentations and visiting the workers as needed. In terms of litigation FLAP focuses on an 18 Counties area in Northern Illinois.

Accomplishments

The fight against wage theft goes on! Thanks to your support, the Farmworker and Landscaper Advocacy Project (FLAP) continues the tireless effort to improve the working conditions for thousands of migrant and seasonal workers in the agricultural and landscaping industries in Illinois. 

After 18 seasons of operations, FLAP has educated, advised and referred thousands of people and has filed more than 190 lawsuits in federal and state courts and sent more than 60 demand letters 
in the name of the workers, recovering almost 3.7 million dollars in back wages and illegal 
deductions. All of the litigation relates to the failure of nurseries, farms, and landscaping operations to pay wages due, to pay overtime, and to refund 
illegal deductions from wages.

Litigation | Law

Owed Wages

FLAP focuses primarily on litigation to recover owed wages for our clients. FLAP litigates under both federal and state laws such as the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”) and the Agricultural Worker Protection Act (“AWPA”). Our clients mainly bring forth claims for nonpayment of minimum wages or nonpayment of overtime wages in violation of these federal and state laws. Defendants in our cases tend to be companies that remain competitive by breaking the law and by exploiting our clients. These companies and their individual owners manage to make higher profits by failing to pay their employees for all their time worked. These employers take unfair advantage of the fact that our clients are often unaware of their rights or are afraid of losing their jobs by coming forward with their claims. Correcting such abuse and preventing the exploitation of these workers is what FLAP seeks to accomplish through its litigation efforts.

Referral Areas | Workers' Compensation and others

In addition to our litigation work to recover owed wages for our clients, FLAP also relies on a network of qualified attorneys to handle litigation arising under state workers' compensation laws. This network of attorneys allows us to provide clients who have suffered injuries at work without receiving any compensation with reliable legal assistance. FLAP also makes referrals to other organizations and skilled litigation attorneys with extensive experience in areas that FLAP cannot represent the workers including but not limited to: personal injury, consumer, nursing home abuse and neglect, medical malpractice, education, housing, wrongful death, birth injury, product liability, car, trucking, bus and aviation accidents, premises liability, Federal Torts Claims Act, Assisted Living Negligence, home health care abuse and neglect, DUI, Social Security Disability, family law, Immigration, Breach of Contracts, medical Mal practice, among others. Meet Our Staff

FLAP History

The Farmworker and Landscaper Advocacy Project (FLAP) was created in 1999 in response to restrictions on federal funding which severely limited the assistance that federally-funded legal services programs could provide to many of our clients. FLAP is committed to advocating for our clients and providing them with employment-related legal assistance. FLAP carries out its mission through litigation, outreach, community education, community legal education and referrals and partner with other organizations to fight human labor traficking.

Outreach

FLAP staff travels to different populations in Illinois to inform potential clients about theirs rights and about the legal resources available to them. Through its own outreach work and through its relationship with other community groups in the area, FLAP builds a relationship of trust with migrant and seasonal workers.

Community Education and Community Legal Education

FLAP staff seeks to educate immigrant, migrant and seasonal workers about their rights in the work place. We build upon our relationships with churches, consulates and organizations in the community to deliver "know your rights" workshops to groups of immigrant workers.

Know Your Rights

Read more about your rights under Federal and Illinois law.

Know Your Rights

Lea más sobre sus derechos bajo las Leyes Federales y de Illinois.

Conozca Sus Derechos

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