“An Advocate's Manual for Solving Employment Problems in Louisiana and Mississippi” is a guide to help community members in Louisiana and Mississippi identify and solve employment problems. The Manual is designed to be used by both workers and social service providers and does not require any prior knowledge about employment law. We hope that the Manual will be an essential resource on employment issues for friends, family, workers, service providers, and the greater community.
The Manual outlines basic problem-solving techniques, answers common questions about workplace rights, and identifies situations in which legal advice should be sought. In addition, it includes descriptions of governmental agencies that address workplace issues, organizations that provide free and low-cost legal assistance for employment cases, low fee health clinics for workers, and resources for job placement, training and education.
This Manual highlights what community members identify as the most prevalent concerns of workers in Louisiana and Mississippi after Hurricane Katrina: minimum wage and overtime pay, independent contractors, safe and healthy workplaces, discrimination, unemployment insurance and workers' compensation. A particular focus of the Manual is on remedies available to immigrant workers.
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This Manual was adapted, with permission, from one produced by the Women’s Law Project of Chicago. The original manual, “An Advocate’s Manual for Solving Employment Problems” was written in 2001 by Ingrid V. Eagly with Courtney Chepenik and Andrea Friedmann. It was later revised by Monica Vaca, Mirna Torres, Heather Ross, and Alma Ramirez. Carmen Rosa Solsol translated it into Spanish. We greatly appreciate the Women’s Law Project in Chicago for granting the Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. (CLINIC) permission to use and revise its original manual.