Know Your Rights!

According to NYC law, you have the following rights as a worker:

  • The right to payment in accordance with the law. The minimum wage is currently $8.75 in New York and you’re entitled to time and one-half of your regular rate for every hour worked above 40 in a week.
  • The right to compensation for injuries at work. The law obligates the company, not the hurt worker, to take financial responsibility for workplace injuries.
  • The right to be free of discrimination and harassment. No worker may be treated differently because of their race, gender, country of origin, or immigration status, among other things.
  •  The right to a healthy and safe workplace. Employers must follow rules and regulations governing workplace health and safety.
  • The right to organize together with your co-workers to demand: A raise, respectful treatment, a retirement plan, paid sick days, paid vacations, health benefits and/or union membership, regardless of immigration status.

Under federal law, you have the right to organize alongside your co-workers for better working conditions, regardless of your immigration status. Those rights allow you to:

  • Take action with one or more co-workers to improve your working conditions by raising complaints directly with your employer or a government agency;
  • Join, seek support from, or help organize a union;
  • Have meetings at lunch-time or break time in non-work areas on company property;
  • Talk about your working conditions or unionization or distribute materials on non-work time and non-work areas like locker rooms and break rooms;
  • Hold demonstrations and rallies about your working conditions or work problems;
  • Be free from harassment, intimidation or punishment by your employer.

Your employer may not:

  • Fire, discipline, lay off, or cut your hours or pay for organizing for better working conditions;
  • Spy, or use surveillance techniques to monitor your activities;
  • Threaten or question you about your organizing activity;
  • Deny or pressure you to not join a union or other worker association;
  • Bribe, promise special favors, or grant special permissions to you in exchange for not organizing to improve your workplace.

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