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Join us at El Quetzal to benefit farmworker outreach

The Unemployment Law Project invites you to join us for dinner and drinks on Saturday, September 23, to benefit our farmworker outreach 

program. The dinner, at El Quetzal in Beacon Hill, one of Seattle’s best Mexican restaurants, will feature special guest Louisa Mora, director of the National Farmworker Jobs Program in Washington.  Tickets are $30.00 and are available by emailing <events@ulproject.org>.           We hope to see you there!

Employment Security Redesign Project seeks reforms

Since its founding, ULP has advocated not only for individual clients, but for protecting and strengthening the employment security rights of the more than four million current and future workers now living in Washington State. Rocky economic conditions, recessions, budget battles, and anti-worker politics can undercut or chip away at those rights. In addition, just ahead lie nationwide structural changes in employment—because of globalization, robotics, and the gig economy—that will pose even greater challenges to employment security. Continue reading

ULP Serves Vets and Military Families

I joined the practice of law to provide services for the powerless. I never want to go back to the grind of the cubicle life where my talents and passions were washed away with each passing day. This position at the Unemployment Law Project has rekindled the fire in my soul. I would be fortunate to be allowed to continue this fellowship or find a similar position elsewhere. It has been an honor and privilege to serve alongside attorneys who live for an opportunity to serve their community. Continue reading

Building Community Connections

It was deep into my pre-hearing conference with a client that the reality of the language barriers she faced emerged as a fully formed picture. She had signed documents alleging facts that she disputed because she was unable to read English. Her supervisor had a job termination meeting with her where she was asked if she understood the allegations against her; she replied ‘yes’ because she was embarrassed that she did not understand the words that her supervisor used. While my client had an interpreter to understand her administrative hearing, she was rightfully frustrated by her job separation and the unemployment insurance process. Neither proceeding had been inclusive or accommodating. Continue reading