Immigrant workers have same legal rights as all workers in the United States, with a few exceptions. Even undocumented workers are protected by our labor laws. But immigrant and undocumented workers are particularly vulnerable to exploitation by employers.
Most of the employment cases we handle for immigrants are cases of wage theft and employment discrimination. All too often, employers threaten workers with immigration consequences if they take any action. Because of that, many immigrant workers fear coming forward. It is important for immigrants to understand:
- All workers, including undocumented immigrants, have rights;
- All workers, including undocumented immigrants, can take legal action to enforce those rights; and
- Immigrant workers can go to court to enforce their rights without fear of deportation.
What we can do:
We help all workers, including immigrant workers, in a variety of ways:
- We regularly represent immigrant workers in wage theft cases in Philadelphia Municipal Court. Whether or not you are undocumented has nothing to do with the question of whether wages are owed.
- We also represent immigrant workers who have been harassed or discriminated against on the job. This includes being treated differently because of where you were born or the language you speak.
Although we do not handle workers compensation cases, we can direct clients to attorneys who do.
How to get help:
CLS will not be accepting new clients for Employment related issues starting Monday August 20. New client intake will re-open on the schedule below on Monday, September 10.
Community Legal Services
Center City Office
1424 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102
Monday - Thursday
9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Please note that all Center City Intake will be closed Fridays through August 31.