Immigrant Workers

Know Your Rights

If you work in NYC, you have rights regardless of immigration status, national origin, or country of origin.

The Office of Labor Policy & Standards

The Department of Consumer and Worker Protection Office of Labor Policy & Standards (OLPS) is NYC's central resource for workers. OLPS protects and promotes labor standards and policies that create fair workplaces to ensure all workers can realize their rights, regardless of immigration status.

OLPS takes complaints about workplace laws and investigate claims under those laws the City enforces, such as the Paid Sick Leave Law. For other issues, they connect workers to relevant government agencies, legal service providers, and resources to help them access and protect their rights as well as get critical services.

Learn more about the Office of Labor Policy & Standards, workers' rights, and the workplace laws the City enforces

For more information or questions about OLPS, call 311 or email OLPS@dca.nyc.gov.

NYC Human Rights Law

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.

Workforce1 Career Centers

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.

Summer Youth Employment Program

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