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Laura Brown, Executive Director

Contact Laura at lbrown@firstshift.org

Laura Brown has been working directly with workers for well over a decade. Most recently, she supervised the Workers’ Rights Clinic of the Employment Justice Center (EJC) from 2008-2014, a free legal clinic where workers receive advice and pro se assistance regarding work-related legal issues, including wage theft, workers’ compensation, unemployment insurance, discrimination, and leave issues. She was also the chief editor of the EJC’s Workers’ Rights Manual.

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Daljit Soni, Attorney

Contact Daljit at dsoni@firstshift.org

Daljit Soni has a decade of experience working alongside low-income communities to obtain justice and fight against systemic inequality. Daljit has advocated for farmworkers, dairy workers and unionized transit workers from Oaxaca to Baltimore. She now joins First Shift to bring justice to working parents in Washington, D.C.
Prior to joining First Shift, Daljit amassed a diverse range of litigation and community building experience. As private counsel, she specialized in wage and hour law representing unionized bus drivers in class action lawsuits, as well as representing women in individual pregnancy discrimination claims. Daljit started her legal career in the fruit basket of the nation in the Central Valley of California. As a Migrant Staff Attorney with California Rural Legal Assistance, she used legal and non-legal remedies to organize and support agricultural workers in the areas of workplace safety, wage theft, sexual harassment and environmental discrimination.

Most recently, as Assistant General Counsel to the D.C. Office of Administrative Hearings, Daljit advised the government agency on labor relations and revamped internal employee policies. She also coordinated a Language Access program to ensure accessability to various immigrant populations.

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