Boxer & Gerson recently joined the U.S. Department of Labor and the Consulate General of Mexico as co-sponsors of a Labor Rights Forum organized by Puertas Abiertas, the Napa-based advocacy organization that seeks to increase access to educational, cultural, workplace, legal and economic resources for the region’s Latino population.
Boxer & Gerson Partner Maria Sager utilized her fluency in Spanish to represent the firm at the half-day convocation held at the organization’s Napa Street offices.
Some 50 attendees listened to presentations that covered issues highly germane to the Latino community, including minimum wage laws, workers’ rights, procedures to follow in case of on-the-job injuries, sexual harassment, discrimination, and laws regarding work breaks and vacation time. Sager shared from her area of expertise as a certified workers’ compensation specialist.
Puertas Abiertas is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization with a bilingual/bicultural staff and an eight-member volunteer Board of Directors drawn from the local community. Founded in in 2005, it was named “Nonprofit of the Year” by the Napa Chamber of Commerce in 2013 and was selected by Redwood Credit Union in late 2017 as one of two Napa County nonprofits to distribute financial assistance to those affected by the catastrophic October wildfires. The organization distributed $435,000 in that effort.