Latin@s At Work (LAW) Project
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LAW-Latinas At Work Project
The purpose of the Latinas At Work Project is to challenge the systemic abuse of immigrant women workers in the metropolitan New York area.
The exploitation of Latina immigrant workers is a serious and pervasive problem throughout the country. From factories, hotels, restaurants and other small businesses to private homes, workers are routinely subjected to exploitative labor conditions with long hours, illegally low wages and sexual harassment. The Latinas At Work Project seeks to challenge the systemic abuse of immigrant women workers.
Many common practices violate the rights of immigrant workers--regardless of a worker’s status--and can be challenged through the legal system.
- Unpaid wages;
- Minimum wage and overtime violations;
- Discrimination and sexual harrasment;
- Unsafe working conditions;
- Physical Abuse;
- Coercive conditions and trafficking; and
The Latinas At Work Project seeks to stop the exploitation of Latina immigrant workers by working with our partner organizations in the community to:
- Document, publicize and strategically challenge pervasive violations;
- Hold employers accountable;
- Educate workers about their workplace rights;
- Provide referrals and legal advocacy to victims of labor exploitation.
LAW- Immigrant Workplace Justice Project
The Immigrant Workplace Justice Project (IWJP) advocates for low-wage Latino immigrant workers in the metropolitan New York area who are victims of wage theft, discrimination and employer abuse by providing legal representation, community education and policy advocacy.
Latino low-wage workers in the metropolitan are egregiously exploited by employers who take advantage of their vulnerable positions to violate local and federal labor standards that apply to all workers. The violations employers commit range from nonpayment of wages, harassment, discrimination, and unsafe work conditions to human trafficking.
The Immigrant Workplace Justice Program aims to:
- Empower Latino immigrant workers to assert their rights, including their right to fair compensation and overtime pay for hours worked;
- Assert their right to work in a safe environment;
- Educate and empower low-wage workers to understand their rights under state and federal laws;
- Provide legal representation and advice to Latino workers to vindicate their rights through civil suits; and
- Engage in public policy and human rights advocacy to combat labor exploitation of workers, particularly in the most underserved communities in the metropolitan area.
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LAW- Employment Agency Abuse Project
Recent immigrants often rely on local employment agencies for help in finding employment. These agencies charge fees and largely control access to low-wage jobs, such as domestic and restaurant work. Employment agencies often take advantage of and defraud workers. Often, they charge exorbitant advance fees for unfulfilled services, knowingly place workers in jobs that violate state and federal labor laws, engage in wage theft, and threaten to blacklist workers who complain. LatinoJustice’s Employment Agency Abuse Project (EAAP) aims to hold unscrupulous employment agencies accountable.
Workers have statutory rights to protect themselves from unscrupulous employment agencies. For example:
- There are fee limits;
- Workers cannot be charged a fee if they are not placed in a job;
- Agencies may only charge advance fees or deposits in a limited number of industries like domestic and agricultural work;
- Agencies must provide workers with copies of all contracts and receipts;
- Agencies must be licensed and post their license;
- Agencies cannot knowingly refer a worker to an employer that violates labor rights; and
- Agencies cannot make false, fraudulent or misleading statements.
LatinoJustice’s Employment Agency Abuse Project (EAAP) aims to hold employment agencies accountable for abusive and exploitative practices. The project will partner with local community organizations to:
- Educate workers about their workplace and employment agency rights. Visit our EAAP Resource page and download the Know Your Rights fliers in English or Spanish;
- Expose the problem of employment agency abuse and support advocacy; and
- Provide referrals and legal advocacy to victims of illegal employment agency conduct.
Contact Latin@s At Work
For more information, to schedule a training or contact an attorney, email LAW@latinojustice.org or call 1-800-328-2322.