Immigrants and other workers in low-paying jobs are routinely injured, denied paychecks, sexually harassed by supervisors, and threatened with termination — or deportation — when they speak up. Worker centers are the first place they turn when they have these experiences. These community organizations educate, organize, and support workers to take action. Yet, they lack legal support. That’s where Justice at Work comes in.
Wage Theft, Injury, and Retaliation
Employers steal an estimated $700 million in wages from 350,000 Massachusetts’ workers every year. Survey data from major U.S. cities show less than ten percent of low-wage workers seriously injured on the job file for workers’ compensation. And some research indicates almost half of low-wage workers experience retaliation for asserting their rights.
Anti-immigrant rhetoric and increased enforcement action by federal authorities have emboldened employers and increased workers’ fears of retaliation.
In the face of this mistreatment and fear, workers and their organizations do not have the legal resources needed to comprehensively address these problems. None of the immigrant worker centers in the region has an attorney on staff, and government and private attorneys are frequently unable to help.
In response, Justice at Work provides legal services to support worker center organizing. Through a mixture of direct casework, training, and support for collective worker action, Justice at Work aims to build the capacity and power of workers to demand respect and dignity on the job.
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