Austin-based Workers Defense Project opened its Oak Cliff branch today inside Christ Episcopal Church at 10th and Llewellyn.
The nonprofit found in a study with the University of Texas that one in four construction workers in Dallas reported being paid less than the minimum wage or being stiffed entirely on their rightful wages.
In Austin, the Workers Defense Project has helped 1,100 workers recoup more than $900,000 from their employers. The organization also trains workers on their rights and has pushed for legislation to protect low-wage earners, including the passage of a statewide law that allows police to arrest employers who refuse to pay their workers.
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