Are you being treated fairly on the job - and when looking for a job?
Were you treated differently because of:
- your color,
- your national origin,
- your citizenship status, or
- not having certain work paper?
We may be able to help you. Call Legal Aid Society of Mid-New York:
- toll-free: (800) 804-8575 or
- (845) 256-9096
You do not have to live in New York to get help.
U.S. law protects workers from being discriminated against because:
- You are from another country. (This includes not hiring or firing a worker because of what he looks like, accent or place of birth.)
- You are not a citizen. (For example, "we hire only US Citizens.")
- You are required on the I-9 form to provide extra work authorizations. (This is called "document abuse;" it includes demanding more or different documents than are required on the I-9 form.)
- You were retaliated against or threatened with retaliation. (This includes being fired or treated differently for asserting your legal rights.)
You can also contact the U.S. Department of Justice. Their Special Counsel's office intervenes in employer-worker disputes and tries to resolve them informally.
For more information, go to the Office of Special Counsel website. This includes information for employers on how to avoid unfair practices.|
For more information about other types of discrimination based on national origin, visit the Office of Civil Rights.
View graphic story about two immigrant workers getting legal help.
The Legal Aid Society of Mid-New York, Inc. and Pine Tree Legal Assistance in Maine are working on this project with the Office of Special Counsel of the U.S. Department of Justice. The project goal is to protect workers against discrimination at work.