Using Consumer Laws to Protect Workers from Corporate Fraud and Misconduct


Wednesday, July 28, 2021, 3:00pm to 4:15pm



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Hosted by the Economic Policy Institute, Harvard Labor and Worklife Program, National Consumer Law Center, and Towards Justice, this webinar will provide a lively discussion among advocates, attorneys, academics, and current and former government officials about how consumer laws can be used to protect workers and address corporate abuse in the labor market. 

Often, workers are exploited in ways that can be addressed through both consumer and workplace laws – or in ways that fall in the cracks between the two:

·      A janitorial company sells franchises to workers, with unfair and fraudulent terms under which no one can make a profit;

·      A trucking company provides training for drivers, while also roping them into lease-to-own contracts requiring excessive repayment if the driver leaves the job;

·      A gig company conceals from workers information about pricing and jobs; or 

·      An app-based delivery company promises workers their tips, or represents to customers that tips will go to workers – but instead keeps some or all gratuities for its own use.

 Government agencies and worker/consumer advocates alike have begun to rely on laws traditionally used to protect consumers as a way of addressing unfair and deceptive labor market practices that target working people, often immigrants and people of color. (Here's a blog post on the topic that provides more background.) 

This Webinar is FREE and will be made available for access following the live broadcast

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Veena Dubal

Veena Dubal, Professor of Law

University of California Hastings College of Law

Seth Frotman

Seth Frotman, Executive Director

Student Borower Protection Center

Terri Gerstein

Terri Gerstein, Director

State and Local Enforcement Project, Labor and Worklife Program, Harvard Law School

Senior Fellow, Economic Policy Institute

Patricio Marquez

Patricio Marquez, Assistant Attorney General

Wing Luke Civil Rights Division, Washington State Attorney General’s Office

Lorelei Salas

Lorelei Salas, Fellow

Open Society Foundations Leadership in Government Fellowship

Former Commissioner of the New York City Department of Consumer and Worker Protection


Hillary Schwab

Hillary Schwab, Founding Partner

Fair Work, P.C. 


David Seligman

David Seligman, Executive Director

Towards Justice