CELA exists to protect and expand the legal rights and opportunities of all California workers and to strengthen the community of lawyers who represent them. We accomplish this through education and advocacy for worker justice.


About CELA

CELA is a statewide organization of over 1,200 California attorneys who devote the major portion of their practices to representing employees in individual employment cases and class actions, including cases involving unpaid wages, discrimination, harassment, retaliation and whistleblowing. We help our members protect and expand the legal rights and opportunities of workers through litigation, education and advocacy.

For decades, CELA has filed briefs and argued as amicus curiae before the California Supreme Court in many landmark employment law cases. CELA’s members have represented hundreds of thousands of workers in state and federal courts throughout California.

CELA is an organization of lawyers who represent working people in the State of California. As an association, however, we do not represent people or give them legal advice. We also do not provide lawyer referrals.  Members of CELA do represent working people as independent lawyers and independent law firms.  If you are looking for a lawyer, click here.