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One comes here thinking we are going to find a better life. We trust in the promises that our employers make us, but then it turns out they are false. I would never have moved forward with the case if FLAP had not stood by me every step of the way.
Some people might think a week’s pay that we never received is not worth a lawsuit. That money, however, is the only source of sustenance that my family and I have for the next month. FLAP understood this and helped us fight for our rights.
I used to think that legal rights were only for the benefit of people with money. But FLAP did not ask me for any money; all they asked for was my trust. The fact that FLAP staff spoke Spanish made me feel comfortable. Now I know that the laws are not made just for the rich and that I too can fight for my rights.
I like the fact that FLAP will visit us in the fields and in the nursery and see the real conditions under which we work. You taste the water we have to drink; you see the bathrooms we have to use. Seeing FLAP staff in the middle of the field under the burning sun, talking to us about our rights really made me want to trust them
AnonymousNursery Worker & Former Client
Since its founding in 1999, FLAP has been the only non-profit organization in Illinois, in the Midwest, and one of only a handful like it in the United States, that makes sure low-income workers who are exploited at work, and have no foreseeable way of fighting back — either because they cannot afford an attorney or, because of their classification, cannot access Federally-funded legal aid — are treated with dignity and guaranteed their legal rights.
With your donations, we have achieved the following:
- Educated more than 1 million low income Latino workers on their legal rights - an average of 100,000 workers per year
- Partnered with more than 100 organization to improve working conditions in Illinois. From those, 38 are Community Foundations
- Distributed more than 2.5 million of community outreach and education material with resources and legal information
- Delivered more than 16,000 “Know Your Rights” presentations – an average of 4 per day
- Received more than 50,000 telephone calls from workers requesting assistance - an average of 12 calls per day
- Filed 208 lawsuits in federal and state courts - 90% representing multiple workers
- Sent 80 demand letters in the name of low-income farmworkers, nursery workers, greenhouse workers, landscapers, snow plowing workers, packinghouse workers, cannery workers, restaurant workers and meat and poultry workers and their households
- Recovered more than 4.7 million dollars in back wages and damages for the workers
Would you like more information about FLAP's services?
Ask us about your rights at work. Pregúntenos sus derechos en el trabajo.
FLAP partners with over 100 organization in Illinois, including non-profits, consulates, libraries, and law firms.