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Know Your Rights!

Know Your Rights!

The Anti-Discrimination Provision Of The Immigration And Nationality Act (INA)

The U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division has an office dedicated to ensuring that employers are not discriminating against work-authorized individuals based on their national origin or immigration status. It is unlawful to fire or refuse to hire certain workers because of where they are from or because they are not U.S. citizens. The law also protects workers where employers discriminate against them by asking for too many work-authorization documents or by rejecting valid documents.

Q: How can I tell if an employer is violating the law?

A: An employer may be discriminating based on citizenship or national origin in employment if the employer:

  • Specifically asks a worker for a “green card.”

  • Asks certain workers for more documents than needed to complete the I-9 form.

  • Rejects valid work authorization documents.

  • Refuses to allow certain workers to begin working based on a name and Social Security number no-match.

  • Refuses to hire refugees and asylees because they don’t have Social Security numbers or green cards.

  • Only hires U.S. citizens (unless that policy is specifically required by law).

  • Asks certain workers for work authorization documents before offering them jobs.

  • Fires work-authorized workers for lying about their prior undocumented status, but has not fired other workers for lying about different aspects of their background.

Q: What about E-Verify?

A: An employer’s use of E-Verify may be discriminatory if the employer treats workers differently during the E-Verify process based on national origin or citizenship or immigration status, such as if it:

  • Runs certain workers through E-Verify before offering them jobs.

  • Asks certain workers to run themselves through E-Verify’s Self Check.

  • Uses E-Verify to check only some, but not all, new workers.

  • Refuses to allow certain workers to contest “tentative nonconfirmations” (TNCs).

  • Refuses to allow certain workers to work while contesting TNCs.

Q: What should I do if I think I or someone I know has been discriminated against in hiring or firing based on national origin or citizenship status?

A: Call the Office of Special Counsel for Immigration Related Unfair Employment Practices (OSC) at the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice on its Worker Hotline at 1-800-255-7688, 9am-5pm, E.S.T. (TTY for the hearing impaired: 1-800-237-2515).
You do not have to provide your name, and telephone interpreters are available in many languages as needed. It is unlawful to intimidate, threaten, or retaliate against anyone for contacting the Hotline, assisting in any way in an investigation, or filing a charge with OSC.

For more information, to obtain outreach materials or a charge form, or to learn about OSC’s new worker webinars call the Hotline or visit

Five Signs 2013 Could Be a Great Year for Labor Organizing

2012 was an exciting year for organized labor as well as worker’s rights, generating a lot of excitement that 2013 could hold even more. Protecting the rights of all workers and creating a safer, more productive, healthier working environment is key not just to human rights, but also to economic recovery in the U.S. Could 2013 be the year in which organized labor becomes a powerful force in U.S. politics and society again, after years of being pushed to the margins?

Strikes and walkouts. From January to December, workers took to the streets in organized strikes as well as walkouts to demand better working conditions and educate the public. Hyatt housekeepers demanded safer conditions, JFK employees raised concerns about security, fast food workers walked away from the counter in New York, and telecommunications employees highlighted problems with their contracts. All of these workers weren’t just fighting for better conditions for themselves (sometimes without even the protection of a union), but for a safer society, too; they pointed out that their poor working conditions endangered not just them, but the public.

More unionizing. Passenger service agents at American Airlines are voting right now on whether to form a union, and they’re not the only ones who are organizing to form or join unions. Across the U.S., workers are realizing the value that union membership has to offer. When it comes to negotiating with employers, having the backing of an organized group can make the difference between failure and success.

Rising awareness of social inequality. Thanks to the surge of the Occupy movement, more and more people are aware of the huge wealth gap in the United States. Along with concerns about social inequality comes a corresponding interest in addressing that inequality; in the case of workers, organizing to improve wages and benefits as well as protect job security is key to making up the wealth gap. Unions and labor organizers are committed to helping all workers achieve their dreams, and directly address the obstacles that lie in the way, such as unacceptably low minimum wage, poor working conditions and sexual harassment in the workplace.

The value of solidarity. In a year when the country was rocked by multiple tragedies, the U.S. public was reminded of the value of coming together as a community, and of how much work could be accomplished by lending many hands to even the most difficult of tasks. From Occupy Sandy working to help Sandy victims to volunteers traveling across country to lend solace and expert skills to communities ravaged by rampage violence, Americans were reminded that it’s good to work together. The skills of experienced labor organizers and workers’ rights activists turned out to be key to developing quick and effective responses for communities in need.

More public outreach by unions. Recognizing that many members of the public didn’t fully understand the function and purpose of unions, a number reached out with public campaigns to educate people about what they do and the value they add to the lives of workers and the community. They provided information about the tasks performed by workers and how the union protects them as well as the public, in addition to illustrating the victories for all workers that have been accomplished by labor organizing. The goal was to make “union” something other than a dirty word in the minds of the public, sowing seeds for more organizing.

Especially in the wake of numerous attacks on workers, unions and organized labor in 2012 in several states, including the passage of “right to work” laws in Michigan, the need for advocates is more apparent now than ever. Could 2013 be the year in which the U.S. becomes union strong again?

Labor Laws to be enforced, despite court ruling!

Labor board chief: We'll enforce labor law, despite court ruling





WASHINGTON (PAI) -- The National Labor Relations Board will continue to issue rulings enforcing the nation's labor law, despite a Jan. 25 federal appeals court ruling saying Democratic President Barack Obama illegally appointed three of its members and thus that a case they ruled on should be thrown out.

The judges, all Republican appointees, also ruled the NLRB doesn't have a quorum. Their decision, if it stands, tosses the agency into a legal limbo where it can't decide worker-boss disputes because it lacks a majority to do so.

NLRB Chairman Mark Pearce responded that the judges' ruling applies to just one case. The NLRB will consult with the Justice Department about whether and where to appeal the court ruling, but that decision "may be up to the Justice Department," adds NLRB Communications Director Nancy Cleeland.

"The board respectfully disagrees with the decision and believes the president's position in the matter will ultimately be upheld," Pearce said. "This order applies to only one specific case, Noel Canning, and similar questions have been raised in more than a dozen cases pending in other courts of appeals.

"In the meantime, the board has important work to do," he added. Unions, workers and companies "who come to us seek and expect careful consideration and resolution of their cases, and for that reason, we will continue to perform our statutory duties and issue decisions."

Union leaders backed the board's stand that the recess appointments are legal, and that the board is acting legally. AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka said the court's ruling is "radical." Change To Win Chairman Joe Hansen called it "misguided."

"The real issue here is the Senate's inability to confirm qualified nominees," Hansen added. "Senate Republicans, aided by a broken rules system, are carrying the water of big business and denying workers and unions a fair shake" by filibustering NLRB nominees, forcing Obama into recess appointments.

Both the Senate and House Republicans, as groups, filed friend of the court briefs on the side of the company and challenging the NLRB.

"The case itself pitted Noel Canning, a Coca Cola distributor, against the board. The NLRB said the firm broke labor law in declaring an impasse in 2010 bargaining with Teamsters Local 760, and wanted to enforce its bargaining order. But the basic case got lost in the constitutional issue of Obama's recess appointments to the NLRB.

The firm, joined by House and Senate Republicans and business groups, argued the appointments were illegal, and the board didn't have a quorum and thus could not decide the case. The 3-judge panel of the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for D.C. - the court that handles almost all federal agency cases - agreed.

The judges said Obama named three NLRB members, using his power to fill agency positions when the Senate is in recess, when it wasn't in recess. The Senate had been meeting in 1-minute-or-less sessions at the time, every three days. That means it was technically not in recess, appellate Judge David Sentelle, a GOP appointee, wrote.

Thus, Obama's appointments were not constitutional, the NLRB didn't have a quorum and it could not decide the case, Sentelle added.

"Noel Canning asserts the board did not have a quorum for the conduct of business on the operative date, Feb. 8, 2012," because three of its five members were Obama's recess appointees. "We agree the appointments were constitutionally invalid and the board therefore lacked a quorum."

Trumka believes higher courts will overturn Sentelle's ruling.

"We strongly disagree with the court's reasoning and decision. We fully expect this radical decision to be reversed, and that other courts addressing this issue will uphold the president's recess appointment authority. In the meantime, the appointees to the National Labor Relations Board remain in their jobs and the NLRB remains open for business," he added. 

The National Consumers League also criticized the court's ruling. Executive Director Sally Greenberg said the judges' decision not only would disable the NLRB but also the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, the watchdog over the big financial institutions that caused the Great Recession. Its director, Richard Cordray, is a recess appointee, too.

"With only three current seats filled on the five-member NLRB, and two of those seats filled with members appointed under the questioned recess appointments, the court is trying to shut down the cop on the beat charged with safeguarding employees' rights to organize and addressing unfair labor practices," Greenberg said.

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