A disabled factory worker is fired from his job after his new boss throws away his stool, his accommodation for his disability.
A farmworker is not given proper protection against the deadly pesticides he is spraying.
A restaurant worker is sexually harassed by her boss who says she can't do anything about it because of her immigration status.
Human rights violations like these happen every day to low-wage workers in Western New York, our bucolic region in one of the richest states in the country. In a state with such vast income inequality, you can help workers build power and fight for their rights.
Please donate to Worker Justice Center of New York (WJCNY) today and give back to essential workers.
Essential workers like farmworkers, food delivery workers, and grocery workers risked their health to make sure New Yorkers were fed this past year. Many of these workers contracted COVID-19, lost jobs, or were excluded from federal stimulus support. Low-wage workers have shown up for us this past year.
Now it's time we show up for them. Here's how you can help.
Your donation helps low-wage workers fight injustice in the workplace, combats human trafficking, supports survivors of domestic and intimate partner violence, and educates workers on their rights.
Western New York is known for its farms, vibrant orchards, and festive farmers markets.
But many people don't know much about the immigrants who live and work on these farms or about the obstacles they face because of their immigration status, race, and where they were born.
When farmworkers arrive in New York (almost 8,000 H-2A visa workers will arrive in the next month alone), they are often unaware of their rights as workers here, the services that are available to them, and the legal protections they have when facing abuse or discrimination.
WJCNY provides holistic services to workers including:
- Educating them on their rights
- Providing legal services to workers who wish to address wrong doing
- Helping families stay together by teaching them how to assign guardianship in case of detainment.
- Traveling thousands of miles each year to reach workers in some of the most rural places in the state.
- Recovering millions of dollars in compensation for workers, money that goes back to workers so they can care for their families, start businesses, go back to school, buy a house, and more.
- And that's just the beginning of what we can do together.
WJCNY has helped workers win monumental rights in recent years, from the right to collectively bargain, to the right to access a driver's license, to retroactive state support for workers who were formally excluded from stimulus funds during the pandemic.
Workers are showing up, and you can help put these newly won rights into action.
If you care about human rights, a healthy food system, immigration rights, democracy, and racial justice, please support Worker Justice Center of New York. We are only able to serve thousands of farmworkers in New York State each year because of people like you.
Join our community by donating today. Thank you!
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Where we are: Genesee, Livingston, Monroe, Ontario, Orleans, Seneca, Wayne, Wyoming, Yates
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