Worker Rights

Four photo collage of dcwp campaign ads featuring some of the workers that we protect including day laborer, freelancer, domestic worker and retail/food service worker

The Department of Consumer and Worker Protection (DCWP)—formerly known as the Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA)—Office of Labor Policy & Standards is NYC’s central resource for workers. We are a dedicated voice in City government for workers in NYC. We protect and promote labor standards and policies that create fair workplaces to ensure all workers can realize their rights, regardless of immigration status.


Know Your Worker Rights

Get an overview of the worker protections available to you.


Workplace Protections for Specific Workers

Learn about workplace protections for specific workers including:


Workplace Laws

Learn about workplace laws designed to improve working conditions:

DCA enforces workplace laws and may initiate investigations against a business in response to worker complaints. File a workplace complaint if you believe a business is not in compliance with any of the workplace laws mentioned above.