The Cincinnati Workers’ Rights Project serves terminated workers who made less than $20 per hour or $40,000 per year in their previous employment.

We offer our service to terminated employees through:

  • consultations and education regarding employment rights and responsibilities tailored to the individual employment issues experienced by terminated low wage workers seeking our assistance;
  • when possible, assistance in resolving employment issues without resort to litigation; and
  • if appropriate, referrals to other participating professionals for counseling, job search and other assistance.


If you are a low-wage worker who has been terminated and you have questions about your rights and responsibilities, please call the Cincinnati Workers’ Rights Project at (513) 592-2318.


Our regular office hours are Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday morning.


In addition to educating and counseling individual employees, the Cincinnati Workers’ Rights Project is dedicated to advocating for systemic changes which will improve the working conditions and pay for all workers in the Cincinnati area.


The Cincinnati Workers’ Rights Project is an IRS 501(c)(3) organization (application pending).



Courtney Jaconette


Courtney is the primary contact for the Cincinnati Workers’ Rights Project. In the role of Executive Director, Courtney gathers information from employees and provides that information to an attorney who will be able to help. The volunteer attorney provides the employee with legal advice and helps the employee better understand his/her rights.



Workplace Fairness is a non-profit organization working to preserve and promote employee rights.   workplacefairness.org provides valuable information for employees interested in better understanding their rights.


Answers to common questions regarding your rights and responsibilities as an employee.   From The Real Employee Handbook: A Top Lawyer Reveals What You Need To Know – And What Your Boss Won’t Tell You, Name of Publisher, used with permission.


The Cincinnati Workers’ Rights Project’s Mission Statement


To offer quality legal advice and education and limited representation from an experienced employment attorney to low wage workers who have been terminated, as well as referrals to volunteer attorneys who will evaluate cases for litigation in appropriate circumstances, and to advocate for legislation and social change which will improve the lives of all working Cincinnatians.


The Cincinnati Workers’ Rights Project’s Values Statements


The economy must serve people, not the other way around.  To that end:


The Cincinnati Workers’ Rights Project values just and living wages for all workers in exchange for their labor.


  • The Cincinnati Workers’ Rights Project values fair employment practices which make it possible for all workers regardless of race, color, gender, national origin, ability status, or orientation to provide for themselves and their dependents and to still have a fulfilling life outside of work.
  • The Cincinnati Workers’ Rights Project believes that employers must not only consider profits in making business decisions, but must consider how all of those decisions affect their workers’ lives and make every effort to avoid terminations and reductions in work hours that would lead their employees into poverty.


The Cincinnati Workers’ Rights Project will advocate for systemic changes, which will promote these values.


If you would like to speak with us regarding your employment rights and responsibilities, or a current employment-related situation, please submit the form below.

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You Can Help

The Project needs volunteers and tax deductible donations to achieve its mission. Please consider helping with a gift of your time or financial contribution.


Contact us by phone or email to discuss volunteering opportunities.


(513) 592-2318


To donate, call us at (513) 592-2318   Or mail your donation to:  Cincinnati Workers’ Rights Project 600 Vine Street, Suite 900 Cincinnati, Ohio 45202


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