Immigrant Workers

It is illegal for an employer to discriminate against you based on your citizenship status, national origin, or other protected ground under the City Human Rights Law. An employer cannot discriminate when:

  • Deciding to hire or fire you;
  • Deciding what to pay you; or 
  • Making other work-related decisions (including promotions or discipline).

It is not illegal to refuse to hire you or fire you if you are not allowed to work in this country. However, it is against city and state law for your employer to pay you less than the minimum wage or refuse to follow overtime rules because of your immigration status. An employer also cannot pay you less than other workers or treat you differently because of your immigration status, including because you are undocumented.

Immigrants who are allowed to work in this country can get help from some City agencies. Workforce1 Career Centers prepare and connect qualified jobseekers to employment opportunities. Workforce1 Career Centers also connect qualified individuals to occupations training, and provide career services workshops and career advice. Anyone 18 years or older can visit a Workforce1 Career Center.

If you are between the ages of 14 and 24, the Department of Youth and Community Development (DYCD) may be able to help you gain work experience and connect you to educational opportunities through the Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP).