Blanca A. Bañuelos

Co-Director, Migrant Unit, California Rural Legal Assistance, Inc.

Blanca A. Bañuelos is the Co-Director of the Migrant Unit for the California Rural Legal Assistance, Inc. (CRLA). Bañuelos graduated from Loyola Law School in December 2003 and has been with CRLA since June 2004. Prior to CRLA, Bañuelos held numerous clerkships with social justice organizations and has litigated dozens of cases, including cases under California’s Private Attorney General Act (PAGA) and California’s Unfair Competition Law (UCL).

She represents agricultural workers in wage and hour, wrongful termination and sexual harassment cases. Bañuelos was one of the attorneys in Arias v. Raimondo, (860 F.3d 1185), where the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit decided that an attorney may be sued for retaliation under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). The case was a victory for workers across the country.

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