Bet Tzedek lifts individuals and communities out of poverty by providing education, legal guidance, and direct representation for low-wage workers and small businesses from across the city. By creating pathways to economic justice and financial stability, we empower low-wage workers, help low-income clients address disputes with the IRS and State Franchise Tax Board, and support small business owners in starting, maintaining, and growing their businesses.
Launched in 2014, our taxpayer clinic helps low-income families and individuals resolve issues related to audits, appeals, misclassifications, innocent spouse relief, liens, and garnishments with the IRS and California Franchise Tax Board. We help households navigate these complicated bureaucracies so that they can reduce improper tax assessments, negotiate affordable resolutions to tax liabilities, and end inappropriate IRS collection efforts. We are formally recognized by the IRS as an official Low Income Tax Clinic (LITC) and U.S. Tax Court Clinic.
The Employment Rights Project helps low-wage workers obtain fair wages and safe working conditions. We educate workers on workplace rights and provide direct representation on individual and class action cases to help workers recoup stolen wages. And as one of the few agencies in California able to represent undocumented immigrants, we can support the communities who comprise a major share of Los Angeles County’s low-wage workforce and are the most frequent targets for employer abuses and exploitation.
The Employment Rights Project hosts a weekly clinic for all residents of L.A. County, regardless of immigration status, providing legal advice about your employment, such as issues with Unemployment Benefits, Unpaid Wages, Sick Pay and Leave, Workplace Safety, Workplace discrimination or harassment, or Workplace retaliation.
Small businesses are a key part of local economies and infrastructure. Our Small Business Development Project supports small business owners through legal representation and educational resources. We partner with the County and City of Los Angeles, business community groups, and economic development organizations to provide education, resources, and one-on-one legal assistance. Additionally, our Small Business Legal Academy teaches owners about forming a business, leasing commercial space, understanding contracts, fair employee practices, protecting their intellectual property, and more.
Increase in the number of workers seeking legal relief from Bet Tzedek since the economic fallout of COVID-19
In stolen wages and citations were recovered by Bet Tzedek for caregivers working at senior care facilities in L.A.
Small business owners received educational resources and legal guidance from Bet Tzedek in 2021