Outten & Golden’s Second Annual Public Interest Award Presented to Domestic Workers United
New York, NY (News4us.com) January 13, 2011
Domestic Workers United (DWU) will receive Outten & Golden’s second annual Public Interest Award during a reception hosted by O&G to celebrate and highlight DWU’s successful advocacy for the New York Domestic Workers Bill of Rights and to grant the organization a financial award to support their advocacy.
The groundbreaking Bill of Rights became effective on November 29, 2010 and provides more than 200,000 domestic workers with various benefits, including overtime pay and protection against discrimination and sexual harassment- employment protections Outten & Golden has been dedicated to enhancing and enforcing since the firm’s inception.
“Pay disparity, discrimination and sexual harassment against domestic workers are prevalent issues. Domestic Workers United has been a leader in shedding light on this often overlooked working class. The passing of the New York Domestic Worker Bill of Rights is the first of its kind. We hope that it will serve as an example for other states considering similar legislation,” says Wayne Outten, managing partner of Outten & Golden.
Outten & Golden LLP, a national preeminent employee rights firm, is pleased to recognize the achievements and mission of DWU, founded in 2000 by Caribbean, Latina and African nannies, housekeepers, and elderly caregivers in New York, who organized for power, respect, fair labor standards and to help build a movement to end exploitation and oppression for all.
DWU is now working with the Department of Labor to ensure swift justice for cases of abuse and exploitation. DWU has established a monthly legal clinic in partnership with the Urban Justice Center to assess and address cases quickly, and to win justice. DWU provides referrals, direct advocacy against employers, organizes public support, and offers legal services for DWU members.
DWU also partners with other law firms, non-profit organizations, and academic institutions throughout the country in its work to improve the rights of domestic workers.
Domestic Workers United is located at 1201 Broadway, Suite 907-908, New York, NY 10001, and may be reached by phone at 212.481.5747.
For more information about Outten & Golden LLP, including its Public Interest Award, please contact Delyanne Barros at 212.245.1000.
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