For their Alternative Spring Break, these students are spending their time helping underrepresented citizens of the Greater Boston Area.
Thanks to Boston College Law School and New England Law for sharing your talented students with us!
With so much to be thankful for and excited about, it can be tricky to remember the individual moments from 2019. So here’s our attempt at capturing everything that made this year special!
Happy Holiday season, everyone! Please keep in mind that the VLP office will be operating with the following hours next week:
12/24 – VLP will be closing at 1:00PM
12/25 – VLP will be closed
12/31 – VLP will be closing at 1:00PM
01/01 – VLP will be closed
Please be advised that our call center ERLI will not be accepting calls on Monday 12/30 or Tuesday 12/31.
Sonia, a nursing assistant, found herself in an unlawful situation and did not know where to turn. She worked long hours filled with the harsh physical and emotional demands of caring for the ill. She tended to the health and wellness of countless patients, provided a steady hand for those finding their strength after an injury, and acted as a calming presence for those facing a challenging diagnosis.
She did this for more than a year without a single vacation day because her employer would not allow her or her coworkers to use their earned vacation time. Her employer also refused to pay Sonia and her coworkers for their unused vacation time, meaning they were being cheated out of money they rightfully earned.
What Sonia’s employer was doing was illegal, but Sonia and her coworkers were without recourse because they could not afford an attorney.
That’s when VLP stepped in.
VLP provided Sonia with a pro bono attorney who sent a demand letter to her employer for the unpaid vacation time. Through diligent advocacy, her VLP attorney negotiated a settlement in Sonia’s favor. What’s more, her employer has amended its practices to be compliant with the law. Now all of Sonia’s coworkers are allowed to use their hard-earned vacation time!
VLP—along with its community of volunteers and supporters—is helping local Boston-area residents like Sonia every day. Thank you for your support.
Please be advised that our office and call center will be closing as of today, Wednesday 11/27, at 1PM. Normal hours will resume as of Monday 12/2.
Our office and call center will be closed this Monday in honor of Veterans Day. Thank you to all who served and continue to serve!
Our Call Center is moving to a new office, and will be closed until Wednesday, 11/06. Thank you for your patience!