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Assisting New York Small Claims Court Plaintiffs: A Guide for Worker Advocates

  • Organization: National Employment Law Project
  • Date Created: Tuesday, April 04, 2006
  • Submitted: Tuesday, April 04, 2006
  • Attachment(s): PDF

The National Employment Law Project (NELP) has advocated for over 30 years on behalf of low-wage workers, the poor, the unemployed, and other groups that face significant barriers to employment and government systems of support. This plaintiff's guide was created with employee problems in mind. The most common issue workers face for which they go to small claims court is the recovery of wages. The plaintiff's guide also has its counterpart - the defendant's guide. This guide intends to be a comprehensive and easily accessibly guide for non-lawyer advocates assisting workers in representing themselves in small claims court. This guide was created using several resources already available at the Small Claims Court, including the booklet A Guide To Small Claims Court by Chief Judge Judith S. Kaye and Chief Administrative Judge Jonathan Lippman. The booklet contains information that applies to New York City, Nassau County, and Suffolk County and is available at the Clerk's window. This particular guide was developed for people utilizing the New York County Small Claims Court located at 111 Centre Street in Manhattan.

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