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MALDEF, Civil Rights Groups File Lawsuit On Behalf Of Day Laborers In CA

 

Civil rights groups say ordinance violates day laborers’ First Amendment rights

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COSTA MESA, CA – On February 2, 2010, MALDEF, the ACLU of Southern California and the National Day Laborer’s Organizing Network (NDLON) filed a lawsuit challenging the City of Costa Mesa’s anti-solicitation ordinance as unconstitutional.

The civil rights groups filed the lawsuit against the City of Costa Mesa on behalf of the Asociacion de Jornaleros de Costa Mesa and the Colectivo Tonantzin, whose members have been restricted from peaceably expressing their need and availability for employment in the city’s public areas due to the ordinance.

MALDEF President and General Counsel Thomas A. Saenz said, "Free speech, one of our most cherished rights, belongs to everyone in society. Day laborers seeking work have as much right to express themselves as the largest corporation employing hundreds of thousands. Costa Mesa’s anti-solicitation ordinance violates this vital and longstanding constitutional principle."

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MALDEF is the national leader in pursuing litigation against ordinances restricting the rights of day laborers to solicit work from sidewalks. In California alone, MALDEF has filed and successfully resolved suits against the County of Los Angeles and the cities of Baldwin Park, Glendale, Los Altos, Rancho Cucamonga, Redondo Beach, and Upland. Saenz, who was lead counsel in several of these lawsuits, is a recognized legal expert in this kind of litigation.

The city’s anti-solicitation ordinance prohibits any person standing on a sidewalk or other public area from soliciting employment, business or contributions in any manner deemed to be intended to attract the attention of traveling vehicles. The ordinance subjects day laborers and other solicitors to a fine of $1,000 and imprisonment up to six months. The ordinance violates the day laborers’ First and Fourteenth amendments rights under the United States Constitution.

"Day laborers have contributed to the Costa Mesa economy for decades," said Pablo Alvarado, director of the National Day Laborer Organizing Network. He continued, "Particularly during these tough times, the hard work they provide the community should be rewarded and not the target of destructive law enforcement practices."

Federal courts throughout the country have consistently stricken down anti-solicitation ordinances, and have ruled in favor of preserving the free speech rights of day laborers, which allows them to continue to solicit work and provide for their families.

The plaintiffs, Asociacion de Jornaleros de Costa Mesa and the Colectivo Tonantzin, are represented by attorneys Saenz and Gladys Limon of MALDEF, and Escobosa Helzer, Hector O. Villagra and Peter J. Eliasberg of the ACLU of Southern California. They are joined by co-counsel, Chris Newman of NDLON.

To read the legal complaint, download it here.

MALDEF NATIONAL HEADQUARTERS
Los Angeles Regional Office

634 S. Spring Street
Los Angeles, CA 90014

Tel: 213.629.2512

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