Boyle Heights, California

Boyle Heights, a neighborhood that lies to the south and southeast of downtown Los Angeles, was once a very diverse area with a strong Asian and Jewish presence, especially by the middle of the twentieth century. While this has since changed, and now the area has become at least ninety-four percent Latino – ranking the neighborhood fifth in concentration of Latino residents – there are still signs of the previous diversity in the buildings and landmark names. The area has just under ninety-three thousand residents, mostly of lower income and lower educational background.

The northern boundary of Boyle Heights is the San Bernardino Freeway, also called “The Ten.” Across from this boundary are the city of Los Angeles and Lincoln Heights. Above the northwest corner of Boyle Heights is Union Station. The southern boundary of Boyle Heights is approximately described by East 25th Street for the western part and then Washington Boulevard along the Western part. Because of Boyle Heights’s proximity to Union Station, which is L.A.’s main rail hub for passenger and cargo transportation, the whole area surrounding it is crossed with railroads, and it is home to important sites in the rail system. At the southern border of Boyle Heights, which is traversed by a complex network of train tracks, is an area called Redondo Junction, which has been a major rail yard and maintenance zone for the trains that crossed through and up and down the state of California since the late nineteenth century. It continues to be operated by the country’s main private/public passenger rail company for its trains. Another major junction just south of Boyle Heights’s border is Clement Junction. This junction, which is operated by a large freight train company, links railways from all over the state of California. Other key junctions in Boyle Heights are the Butte Street and Soto Street Junctions.

Running down the middle of Boyle Heights is the concrete-banked Los Angeles River. Beyond the southern border of Boyle Heights are Vernon, Huntington Park, Maywood, and Bell. The eastern border of Boyle Heights is South Indiana Street. Beyond that border is the city of East Los Angeles, one of only four areas that have a higher percentage of Latino residents than does Boyle Heights. To the west of Boyle Heights, across from its western border defined by Alameda Street, is downtown Los Angeles, including such areas as the infamous skid row, the fashion district, and the arts district, which, depending on which map is being used, either sits at the western border of Boyle Heights or is shared between the downtown area and Boyle Heights.

Our office serves residents of Boyle Heights who have experienced sexual harassment at work, or discrimination on the job due to pregnancy, disability, or have experienced wrongful termination. Additionally, employees in Boyle Heights who are owed wages due to the employer’s failure to pay overtime or automatically deducting meal breaks from their paychecks even though the meal break is not provided should contact our office for a free consultation.