Economic Justice

Economic Justice.JPG Despite their pivotal role in the U.S. economy, immigrant workers confront daily challenges in the labor force: language barriers, exploitative working conditions, immigration status vulnerabilities, and restrictions in access to public services and benefits.

Across the country, those striving to earn a decent living in the restaurant, garment, domestic work, and construction industries—many from Asian and Latino communities—work under sweatshop conditions. These new immigrants are forced to work in low-paying and exploitative industries, many for 70 to 100 hours a week without receiving minimum wage or overtime pay. In many instances, they work for months without being paid by unscrupulous factory owners or bosses, and have limited access to information about their rights.

For more than 35 years, AALDEF has employed innovative legal strategies to enforce labor laws, and has won millions of dollars in back wages and overtime pay for low-wage immigrant workers and secured federal rulings that have expanded the ability of workers to hold their employers accountable. AALDEF collaborates with community groups to educate low-wage Asian immigrant workers about their legal rights and conduct litigation, legal advocacy, community-based research and media outreach that facilitates organizing and enables workers to secure their rightful wages.


Preliminary results of AALDEF exit poll of more than 7,600 Asian American voters in midterm elections


AALDEF to conduct Asian American Exit Poll and monitor poll sites in 14 states


AALDEF criticizes Trump's intention to end birthright citizenship by executive order


AALDEF stands in solidarity with Pittsburgh and Louisville


Volunteers needed for AALDEF Asian American Exit Poll and to monitor polling places in 2018 elections


AALDEF denounces White House plan to redefine "public charge" for immigrants seeking green cards


Sept. 12: AALDEF legal director Ken Kimerling receives 2018 New York County Lawyers Association Public Service Award


35 Asian American groups and higher ed faculty file amicus brief in support of race-conscious admissions at Harvard


AALDEF statement on Judge Brett Kavanaugh's nomination to the Supreme Court


AALDEF deplores the Supreme Court's decision upholding the Muslim ban


Korean and Latino workers at Kum Gang San restaurants win enforcement of $2.7 million wage theft judgment


AALDEF opposes Trump administration's politicization of Census 2020 by adding citizenship question


2017 AALDEF exit poll: 2,538 Asian American voters polled in 4 states: VA, NJ, NY, MA


Federal appeals court upholds ruling in AALDEF case that Texas election law violates Voting Rights Act