Local and National Resources

Louisiana Workforce Commission: Enforces state unemployment and workers’ compensation laws and handles filing, claims, and appeals. LWC also has information about proper classification of workers, necessary licenses for business owners, and tools for job seekers. http://www.laworks.net/

Department of Labor (DOL): The Wage and Hour Division enforces certain wage claims, overtime and minimum wage violations, and prevailing wage, amongst other laws. (504) 589-6171 (extension 300 for Spanish) http://www.dol.gov/whd/

Equal Employment Opportunities Commission (EEOC): The EEOC investigates workplace discrimination charges, based on things like race, gender, national origin, age, and disability status. (504) 595-2843 http://www.eeoc.gov/

National Labor Relations Board (NLRB): The NLRB protects workers from adverse actions taken by their employers for working together with other employees to better their working conditions. (504) 589-6361 http://www.nlrb.gov/

Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA): Workers are entitled to working conditions that do not pose a risk of serious harm. OSHA helps to assure a safe and healthful workplace. (225) 298-5458 http://www.osha.gov/

Service Employees International Union-SEIU Local 21 LA: In Louisiana, SEIU Local 21 LA members are state & city/parish governments, school districts, Head Start programs & public service divisions employees. (504) 483-2125 http://www.seiu21la.org/

New Orleans Workers’ Center for Racial Justice & Day Laborers’ Congress: THE WCRJ organizes workers to improve their conditions. (504) 655-6610. http://www.nowcrj.org/

Restaurant Opportunities Center NOLA: Organizes restaurant workers to improve their conditions. http://rocunited.org/nola/

Secretary of State: Check online to see if the company you’re working for is registered with the State. http://www.sos.la.gov/BusinessServices/SearchForLouisianaBusinessFilings/

Louisiana State Licensing Board: For contractors to apply for a license. 1-800-256-1392. http://www.lslbc.louisiana.gov/

New Orleans City Hall: All construction jobs within Orleans Parish should be registered at City Hall. 1300 Perdido St. New Orleans, LA 70112, (504) 658-4000.

Kenner City Hall: 1801 Williams Blvd. Kenner, LA 70062, (504) 468-7200

Louisiana Small Business Development Center: (504) 831-3730. http://www.lsbdc.org/

Good Work Network: Help for small businesses. 1824 Oretha C Haley Boulevard, New Orleans, LA 70113, (504) 309-2073. http://www.goodworknetwork.org/

National Employment Law Project (www.nelp.org)

Raise the Minimum Wage (a NELP project) (www.raisetheminimumwage.com)

Louisiana Budget Project (www.labudget.org)

Louisiana Language Access Coalition (http://louisianalac.org/)


For Immigration Issues:

Catholic Charities Archdiocese of New Orleans: (504) 310-8765 or (504) 457-3462, http://www.ccano.org/

Loyola Law Clinic: (504) 861-5590 or (504) 861-5536, http://loyno.edu/lawclinic/

LSU Law Clinic: (225) 578-2071, http://www.law.lsu.edu/


Other Legal and Social Services:

Catholic Charities Archdiocese of New Orleans/Hispanic Apostolate Community Services (CCANO): The Hispanic Apostolate program offers an array of services, from immigration and legal work, to emergency assistance, English classes, job services, tax assistance, refugee support, public safety, and help with Medicaid and Food Stamp applications. (504) 457-3462, http://www.ccano.org/programs/hacs/

Pro Bono Project: The Pro Bono Project offers a variety of legal services. (504) 581-4043, http://www.probono-no.org/

Louisiana State Bar Association, Law Referrals: Includes a list of lawyers that are barred in Louisiana by area of practice. Some may be sliding scale. (504) 561-8828, http://www.lsba.org/Public/LawyerReferral.aspx

Southeast Louisiana Legal Services: 1200 Derek Dr #100, Hammond, LA 70403, (985) 345-2130, http://www.slls.org