Jobs and Work

All New Yorkers deserve fairness and respect in the workplace. Employers cannot:

  • Pay workers lower wages or no wage because of their immigration status
  • Harass or make fun of workers because of their nationality, religious beliefs or attire, accent, or immigration status
  • Punish workers for speaking their own language
  • Threaten workers about calling the police because of their immigration status
  • Refuse to hire someone because of their nationality, religious beliefs, attire or accent

Learn about Paid Sick Leave and Workforce Development.

If you are treated differently by an employer because of what country you come from, your immigration status, religious beliefs, or accent, call 311 and say "HUMAN RIGHTS," to report it to the NYC Commission on Human Rights.

Workers' Compensation

If you get hurt or disabled because of your job, you may be eligible for weekly cash payments and free health care, even if you are paid in cash, “paid off the books”, paid as an independent contractor, or not reported to the government as an employee.

Learn more at the New York State Workers' Compensation Board at (800) 877-1373 or visit the Workers' Compensation Board website.