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C.O.O.K. Alliance

ADA attorneys // Determine the ADA requirements for a new industry!

Help small business owners

Posted July 18, 2019

Quick Background: In 2018, California passed the first-of-its-kind law to legalize home cooking, opening opportunities to those previously excluded from the formal food economy by allowing cooks to apply for a permit to cook and sell food out of their home kitchen. The majority of new cooks are women, many are women of color and immigrants or newcomers to the country. Because this has never been done before, we are running into many novel legal questions and issues. Ask: We are looking for an attorney that specializes in the ADA to write an opinion on what they think these small kitchen entrepreneurs will need to do in order to be compliant with the ADA. This opinion will be published on our website and we are happy to link your name and firm. Taking this project will require a 30 minute on-boarding and will need to be completed by August 6th.

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Additional Information

  • Time Commitment: 1-5 hours
  • Training Provided: Yes
  • Additional Training Details: 30 minute initial training and on-going support
  • Site-Preference: Remote
  • Bar License(s) required: Any Bar License
  • Required Languages: None
  • Deliverables Due: August 6, 2019
  • Mentoring Provided: Yes
  • Supervision Provided: Yes
C.O.O.K. Alliance

The C.O.O.K. Alliance is the leading voice for home food entrepreneurs in the United States. New home cooking laws are legitimizing an existing informal 'gig economy' and shifting the ways people find meaningful work in an increasingly automated world. We are deeply committed to shaping the home cooking sector to promote greater dignity and opportunity for cooks, as well as healthy food access for consumers, than historically found in the U.S. food industry. Our nonprofit is comprised of cooks, technologists, policy wonks, and labor organizers based in Oakland, CA. We sponsored California’s Homemade Food Operations Act (AB 626), which went into law this year and makes California the first state in the U.S. to permit “microenterprise home kitchens” to sell prepared meals to the public. We are currently working on all issues of implementation, creating model legislation, and working on novel legal questions that are arising in this new industry.

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