VICTORY IN REDONDO BEACH DAY LABORER CASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Media Contact: Candice Francis / Communications Director, LCCR /  415.543.9697 x216 / cfrancis@lccr.com

In a victory for day laborers, the United States Supreme Court denied the City of Redondo Beach’s request to review the Ninth Circuit decision which found the City’s ordinance prohibiting solicitation of employment, business, or contributions on city streets and sidewalks unconstitutional. The 2004 case of Comite de Jornaleros de Redondo Beach v. City of Redondo Beach originated after undercover police officers were posing as employers, hiring day laborers and then arresting them for soliciting work. The district court and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals both ruled in favor of the day laborers, siding with the argument that their right to seek work is protected under the right to free speech, and the Supreme Court’s decision to not hear the case has effectively ended any further challenges to this ruling.