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The Attorney General is one of six statewide constitutional officers in Nebraska. The duties and authority of the office are derived from the State Constitution, statutory enactments, and the common law. Generally speaking, the Attorney General is responsible for the representation of the state in all legal matters, both civil and criminal, where the state is named as a party or may have an interest in the outcome of the litigation or dispute.At any given time, the office has more than 2000 active cases in areas as diverse as prosecution of child abusers and major drug dealers, environmental protection enforcement, tort claims, death penalty appeals, water law, wrongful discharge from employment, eminent domain, state constitutional law, federal constitutional law, consumer protection, automobile accidents, discipline of healthcare professionals, and inmate litigation.
Established to foster, promote, and develop the welfare of the wage earners, job seekers, and retirees of the United States; improve working conditions; advance opportunities for profitable employment; and assure work-related benefits and rights.
EMPLEO Workplace Discrimination Hotline
The Employment Education and Outreach (EMPLEO) toll-free number provides assistance in Spanish and English to individuals, irrespective of their immigration status, those have faced wage theft, worker rights violation, and/or employment discrimination. Volunteers answer the call, record the complaint, and then pass it to the Department of Labor for action against the employer. All complaints are confidential and services are provided by the Department of Labor free of cost.
If you need a certified language interpreter, please refer to this list of certified interpreters statewide. Trial Court Services maintains an on-call remote interpreter calendar (link is external) from weekdays 10:00 am – Noon and 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm CDT.
With the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, Congress created the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to ensure safe and healthful working conditions for working men and women by setting and enforcing standards and by providing training, outreach, education and assistance.OSHA is part of the United States Department of Labor. The administrator for OSHA is the Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health. OSHA's administrator answers to the Secretary of Labor, who is a member of the cabinet of the President of the United States.
For 48 years, Legal Aid of Nebraska has provided "dignity, hope, self-sufficiency and justice through quality civil legal aid for those who have nowhere else to turn." The fundamental goal of legal aid services is simple-to provide free legal representation to underprivileged citizens and to cultivate self-sufficiency among their clients. In addition to representing clients in federal, district, and tribal courts as well as state and federal administrative tribunals, Legal Aid of Nebraska is found at homeless shelters and ethnic centers catering to the legal needs of the state's poverty-stricken along with refugees and other new Americans. Legal aid also delivers innovative, specialized programs in order to strengthen the community on top of providing advocacy, legal representation and counseling to all eligible clients.
The Volunteer Lawyers Project is a Statewide volunteer legal services project and referral network founded on the belief that all citizens should have access to the legal system, regardless of ability to pay. Established in 1982 as a project of the Nebraska State Bar Association, VLP seeks to match people who have civil legal problems with attorneys who are willing to provide legal assistance on a pro bono , reduced fee, contingency fee, or full fee basis. Providing pro bono or reduced-fee legal services to those low-income people who need legal assistance is the primary goal of the Program. Any attorney who is an active member of the Nebraska State Bar Association may participate in the program.Any individual with a civil legal problem may apply for assistance from the Volunteer Lawyers Project. (The program is not able to assist with any criminal matters, including misdemeanors and traffic violations.) Because there are usually more requests for assistance than there are attorneys to accept cases, civil legal problems are ranked by priority, with the most urgent needs receiving attention first.
Vision: The elimination of unlawful discriminatory practices in the State of Nebraska. The Nebraska Equal Opportunity Commission meets once a month. During the meetings, the Commission hears public comment; rules on cases dealing with age, public accommodations, and housing; votes on administrative closures, and handles agency business. The meetings are open to the public and follow the rules of the Public Meetings Act.
ACLU Nebraska, an organization with a diverse membership, is committed to the protection of civil liberties of all persons. These liberties include those rights secured by the Constitutions of the Unites States and the State of Nebraska.
Founded in 1909, the NAACP is the nation's oldest and largest civil rights organization. From the ballot box to the classroom, the thousands of dedicated workers, organizers, leaders and members who make up the NAACP continue to fight for social justice for all Americans.
Founded in 1968, MALDEF is the nation's leading Latino legal civil rights organization. Often described as the "law firm of the Latino community," MALDEF promotes social change through advocacy, communications, community education, and litigation in the areas of education, employment, immigrant rights, and political access.
The Mission of the League of United Latin American Citizens is to advance the economic condition, educational attainment, political influence, housing, health and civil rights of the Hispanic population of the United States.
Nebraska Appleseed is a non-profit, nonpartisan public interest law firm that works for equal justice and full opportunity for all Nebraskans. Appleseed uses litigation, public policy reform, and community education to positively impact low-income families, immigrants, children in foster care, and access to health care.
The Nebraska State Bar Association works for Nebraska lawyers to help them achieve the highest standards of competence, ethics and professionalism and to protect and promote the administration of and access to justice.
They have an on-call interpreter pilot program (for attorney/client communications) for those serving limited English Proficient clients. Through a grant from the Woods Charitable Foundation they are able to provide free on-call interpreter services. During the pilot, attorneys will need to schedule their appointments with court interpreters through the NSBA by calling 402-475-7091 or sending an email request to firstname.lastname@example.org. Interpreters can be used for a variety of activities (e.g., reviewing contracts or court orders, negotiations, mediations, depositions, etc.). The minimum time allotted for an appointment through the pilot is 30 minutes.
The NSBA currently has Spanish and Somali interpreters available. If you have a need for another language, please make a request and we will try to accommodate it.
Grant funds will cover the cost of interpreter services used through this Pilot Program. The interpreters will bill the NSBA directly.
|Office of the Attorney General||2115 State Capitol, Lincoln, NE 68509||402-471-2682|
|Consumer Protection Division (Toll Free)||800-727-6432|
|Consumer Protection Div. Spanish Line||888-850-6432|
|Nebraska Dept. of Labor||550 South 16th Street, Lincoln, NE 68508||402-471-9000|
|Occupational Safety and Health Administration||444 Regency Parkway Drive, Suite 303, Omaha, NE 68114||402-553-0171|
|NE Legal Aid||1904 Farnam St., Ste. 500, Omaha, NE 68102||402-348-1069|
|AccessLine Omaha Area||402-348-1060|
|AccessLine Outside Omaha||877-250-2016|
|Volunteer Lawyers Project||P.O. Box 81809, Lincol, NE 68501-1809||(Lincoln) 402-475-7091|
|Nebraska Equal Opportunity Commission||(Main Office) Nebraska State Office Building, 301 Centennial Mall South, 5th Floor, P.O. Box 94934, Lincoln, NE 68509-4934||402-471-2024|
|Toll Free # (Scottsbluff & Omaha Info Click Here)||800-642-6112|
|ACLU - Nebraska||941 O St., Ste. 706, Lincoln, NE 68508-3625||402-476-8091|
|NAACP||2221 North 24th St., Omaha, NE 68110||402-345-6227|
|P.O Box 91322, Lincoln, NE 68501||402-475-4700|
|MALDEF (Midwest Region)||11 East Adams, Ste. 700, Chicago, IL 60603||312-427-0701|
|LULAC||2000 L St. NW, Ste. 610, Washington DC 20036||202-833-6130|
|NE Appleseed||941 O St., Ste. 920, Lincoln, NE 68508||402-438-8853|