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Immigration Employment Rights (Migyul Magazine, Vol.2, May 2004)

The New York City Human Rights Law

"The New York City Human Rights Law is one of the most comprehensive civil rights laws in the nation. The Law prohibits discrimination in employment, housing and public accommodations based on race, color, creed, age, national origin, alienage or citizenship status, gender (including gender identity and sexual harassment), sexual orientation, disability, or marital status. In addition, the Law affords protection against discrimination in employment based on arrest or conviction record and status as a victim of domestic violence, stalking and sex offenses. In housing, the Law affords additional protections based on lawful occupation and family status. The City Human Rights Law also prohibits retaliation and bias-related harassment."

New York City Commission on Human Rights

Links
The New York City Human Rights Law
Immigrant Employment Rights Project

The New York City Human Rights Law prohibits discrimination in employment based on race, color, sex, age and national origin.

It is illegal for employer or landlords to treat immigrant workers differently just because they might “appear” or “sound” foreign.

New York City Human Rights Law also protects you from HARASSMENT at work. Employers cannot treat you differently based on immigration status or whether or not you hold a U.S. citizenship

Employers Cannot

  • Have U.S-citizens-only hiring
  • Pay you less than U.S. citizens who do the same
    job
  • Refuse to pay you because you do not have a work authorization
  • Reject your work documents as you have an accent or look different
  • Pay you less than American born co-workers who have the same job description
  • Require you to speak in English on the job when it is not necessary to do so
  • Call you names or make fun of you because of your ethnic background

Non-Authorized Workers

  • Federal law prohibits hiring or recruiting persons who are not authorized to work in the United States
  • Non authorized workers could be fired by their employers if found out that they are not authorized to work in the United States

Employers — no matter what — must pay you for the work that you have done documented or undocumented!!!