Workers’ Rights Program
The low-wage immigrant workers served by Centro Legal’s Workers’ Rights Program are employed in industries where wage theft and other serious workplace violations are commonplace. All-too-often, the workers we represent share stories of dangerous working conditions and employers not paying at all for days, weeks, and sometimes even months of work. When workers confront their employers about the legal violations, they often face extortionary threats related to their supposed immigration status. Access to a talented legal services attorney can make a huge difference in the outcomes for these workers.
The Workers’ Rights Program offers direct legal services—including legal counseling, assistance, and representation— to empower low-wage workers to stand up to wage theft, discrimination, retaliation, and other unlawful or unsafe working conditions. Because wage theft is a particularly pronounced problem for the low-wage immigrant workers we serve, the Workers’ Rights Program has a particular focus in assisting workers with claims to vindicate minimum wage, overtime, and other critical wage and hour rights. The Workers’ Rights Program provides legal services to all low-wage workers, regardless of immigration status.
Additionally, the Workers’ Rights Program conducts frequent legal rights presentations to educate workers, worker advocates and the broader community about Federal, State and local workplace protections. By sharing our legal expertise with the broader community, we aim to give workers and other advocates the tools to address workplace violations.
Centro Legal’s Workers’ Rights Program regularly joins in State and local policy advocacy efforts to improve legal protections and address systemic problems faced by low-wage workers. We engage in this advocacy through media events, amicus briefs, letters of support, and in-person meetings with State legislators and local city councilmembers. Centro has an important dual role to play in this advocacy both by sharing our significant substantive expertise on the legal issues and in ensuring that the voices and concerns of our low-wage worker clients inform policy decisions.