The Legal Aid Society of Mid-New York, Inc. and Pine Tree Legal Assistance in Maine work with the United States Department of Justice's Office of Special Counsel (OSC) for Immigration-Related Unfair Employment Discrimination to protect immigrant and citizen workers from being discriminated against by employers.
The Immigrant and Nationality Act's anti-discrimination provisions protect immigrant workers from the following types of employment discrimination:
- Discrimination on the basis of national origin (including not hiring or firing a worker based on his/her appearance, accent or place of birth)
- Discrimination on the basis of citizenship status (for example, having a "citizen-only" hiring practice)
- Discrimination on the basis of documentation of work authorization on the I-9 form (this is called "document abuse" and includes demanding more or different documentation than what is required by the I-9 legal process)
- Discrimination by act or threat of retaliation (including firing or discriminating against workers who assert their rights as legal workers)
For more information, please contact Legal Aid Society of Mid-New York, Inc. at (845)256-9096 or (800) 804-8575, or contact the Office of Special Counsel directly via their worker or employer hotline. The OSC attempts to intervene in employer-worker disputes and resolve them informally.