Atlanta, GA, (Mar. 2, 2018) – The Latin American Association (LAA), the Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division and local community, nonprofit and governmental organizations will sign the EMPLEO (Employment Education and Outreach) alliance, which will provide free information and assistance to Spanish-speaking workers and employers regarding their workplace rights and responsibilities in the United States.

WHAT: EMPLEO Alliance Ceremony

WHO:

  • Juan Coria, Acting Regional Administrator, U.S. DOL, Wage and Hour Division
  • Aníbal Torres, Executive Director, Latin American Association (LAA)
  • Michelle Maziar, Director, Welcoming Atlanta
  • Suleika Meléndez, Worker assisted through LAA and WHD outreach

WHEN:
Tuesday, March 6 at 10 a.m.

WHERE:
Latin American Association – Second Floor
2750 Buford Hwy. NE, Atlanta, Georgia 30324

WHY:
EMPLEO has served immigrant workers and employers in Southern California, Washington, Nevada, Oregon and Idaho since 2004. EMPLEO’s 1-877-552-9832 toll-free assistance hotline has been instrumental in helping approximately 10,000 workers recover more than $15 million in back wages. By using this cooperative approach, EMPLEO can reduce the risk of immigrants not receiving appropriate assistance to address issues like overtime pay, receipt of last pay check, minimum wage, discrimination, meals/breaks, safety/hazardous materials and equipment and family medical leave for example.

About the LAA
Founded in 1972, the Latin American Association (LAA) is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization serving the Latino community in metro Atlanta and surrounding areas throughout Georgia. The mission of the LAA is to empower Latinos to adapt, integrate and thrive. Our vision is ‘Opportunity for All’. Core programs and direct services offered include family services, youth programs, workforce development and employment services, immigration legal services and advocacy. The LAA is one of only two nonprofit legal services providers in Georgia serving the Latino community.