For Workers

Catholic Migration Services represents low-income New Yorkers living in Brooklyn or Queens free of charge. The Línea Laboral, our hotline providing workers’ rights information and assistance is open to all residents of New York. An initial consultation does not guarantee legal representation by Catholic Migration Services.

Consultations are by appointment only. To make an appointment, please contact our Brooklyn office at (718) 236-3000, our Queens office at (347) 472-3500 or the Línea Laboral at (877) 52-LABOR (52267)

 

Workers’ Rights Project

Each day millions of low wage and immigrant workers struggle to make ends meet. Their struggle is made immeasurably more difficult when these workers perform the work that they have been hired to do, but their employers refuse to pay them in full, either by withholding wages for some or all of the hours worked, failing to pay the minimum wage, or refusing to pay overtime premiums when employees’ hours exceed 40 in a week.

Since its inception in 2009, the Workers’ Rights Project has recovered thousands of dollars in unpaid wages to workers, allowing hard working New Yorkers to pay their rent, cover their bills, and put food on the table.

The Workers’ Rights Project works towards strengthening the enforcement of workers’ rights through affirmative litigation, policy reform, individual representation, and community education. In collaboration with workers’ centers and community-based organizations citywide, the Workers’ Rights Project provides advice and representation to hundreds of low-income and immigrant workers each year facing a range of problems.

 

Wage Theft

We provide legal advice and representation to workers who have not received minimum wage and/ or proper overtime, or who have had their wages withheld by their employees.

 

Unsafe Conditions & Workplace Injuries

We assist workers report unsafe or unhealthful working conditions, and offer legal advice to workers that have been injured on the job.

 

Workplace Discrimination & Harassment

We provide legal advice and representation to people who have experienced workplace discrimination and harassment based on their race, religion, ethnicity, national origin, immigration status, age, gender, sexual orientation, disability, or pregnancy.

 

Paid Sick Leave

We assist workers in New York City enforce their rights to paid sick leave.

 

Unemployment Insurance

We offer assistance in applying for unemployment insurance benefits, as well as offer advice and representation for workers at unemployment insurance hearings and during the appeal process.

 

Workplace Crimes

T (trafficking victim) visas
We help survivors of labor trafficking obtain immigration relief.

U (crime witness/victim) visas
We help survivors of serious workplace crimes who have cooperated with law enforcement apply for immigration relief.