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Workers Defense League, Inc.

Who We Are

The Workers Defense League assists workers with work related problems and conducts educational campaigns around various workers' rights issues. The Workers Defense League annually provides free representation to hundreds of people who have been unfairly denied unemployment insurance benefits after losing or leaving their jobs.  Please be aware that the individuals providing advice and representation are not lawyers, but are qualified to represent clients at hearings.    

How to Get Help

Please call our hotline at (212) 627-1931. Hours of operation are Monday through Friday between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Messages can be left 24 hours a day 7 days a week.
Callers should have the Notice of Determination of Ineligibility for Unemployment Insurance benefits and/or the Notice of Unemployment Insurance hearing on hand when they call if possible.

Who We Serve

  • New York City (all 5 NYC boroughs)
Additional Service Area Info
Workers Defense League provides free representation at hearings ONLY in New York City (all five counties). However, our office is available to talk by phone and try to advise callers from the suburbs and upstate NY.
Circumstances and languages in which interpreters are provided

The administrative courts can provide interpreters.

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Does this organization provide access for the hearing impaired?

Type of Help

This group provides the following types of services based on your legal needs and its resources:
  • Full Legal Representation
  • Brief Advice
  • Self-Help Materials
  • Other
Description of Services

Full Legal Representation: Only to New York City residents (all 5 boroughs)
Representation is only at administrative hearings for Unemployment Insurance Benefits in New York City.

Brief Advice: Available to anyone in New York State

Other: Workers Defense League can refer callers to free or low-cost consultations.

General Contact Information

Workers Defense League, Inc.
PO Box 618 (map)
New York, NY 10159
(212) 627-1931
(212) 627-4628
Last Review and Update: Dec 06, 2017

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