General Counsel & Program Director

Catherine Ruckelshaus, General Counsel & Program Director
(212) 285-3025 ext. 306
New York City Office
Areas of expertise
Immigrants and Work · Enforcement of Workplace Standards · Wage and Hour Protections · Nonstandard Workforce

Cathy Ruckelshaus joined NELP in 1995, after working for the Employment Law Center in San Francisco.  For over 20 years, she has litigated and advocated for policy reforms promoting the workplace rights of immigrant and non-standard workers (part-time, temporary and subcontracted workers), enforcement of wage and hour and workplace laws, and anti-discrimination and family and medical leave laws.  She has litigated class action lawsuits in state and federal court and authored several amicus briefs before the U.S. Supreme Court and U.S. Courts of Appeal.  In 2003, she was honored by the Association of the Bar of the City of New York for successfully litigating on behalf of New York City’s immigrant workers, and in 1989 she was a Skadden Fellow. 

J.D., Stanford Law School
B.A., Princeton University

Selected Publications

·    “Labor’s Wage War,” Fordham Urban Law Journal (2008)

·    “Solutions, Not Scapegoats: Abating Sweatshop Conditions for All Low-Wage Workers as a Centerpiece of Immigration Reform,” New York University Journal of Legislation & Public Policy, (2007)        

·    “Down by Law:  New Ideas for Defeating Sweatshops,” New Labor Forum (Spring/Summer 1999)

·    “Enforcing Fair Labor Standards in the Modern American Sweatshop: Rediscovering the Statutory Definition of Employment,” UCLA Law Review (1999)

·    The Family & Medical Leave Act:  An Advocate’s Guide (National Employment Law Project: 1996)