Veronica Chavez

Workers’ Rights Staff Attorney

As a member of the Workers’ Rights Program, Veronica focuses on wage and hour cases involving wage theft, employee misclassification, and unlawful withholdings, among other issues. She assists workers in recovering unpaid wages, meal and rest break pay, other related damages and penalties, and has successfully negotiated numerous wage and hour cases. Veronica also works on cases concerning employment harassment and discrimination (race, national origin, age, and sex discrimination claims). While in law school, Veronica volunteered at Tenants Together and served as a law clerk at the East Bay Community Law Center doing civil eviction defense proceedings. As a certified law student with the UC Hastings Civil Justice Clinic, Veronica represented one of her clients at his superior court trial. Veronica later joined the Legal Aid Society – Employment Law Center’s Wage Protection Program where she represented low-wage workers at various hearings and also counseled clients at the Wage Claim Clinic and Workers’ Rights Clinic. Veronica has some immigration experience from her work as paralegal for Berry, Appleman & Leiden LLP and as a volunteer translator for the Lawyers’ Committee Pro Bono Asylum Program. Veronica obtained her J.D. from UC Hastings College of the Law and holds a bachelor’s degree from UC Berkeley. Veronica is passionate about social justice and is committed to empowering low-income, marginalized communities. She also has a special interest in animal rights.