The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) Secretary Hilda L. Solis has signed partnership agreements with ambassadors from the Philippines, Peru, Honduras, and Ecuador, pledging to help ensure that all migrant workers are effectively protected under the law. The partnership will allow the department’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and Wage and Hour Division to more effectively enforce labor laws, as well as understand problems that plague migrant workers.
The DOL released a statement specifying that “Under the agreements, regional enforcement offices of the department's Occupational Safety and Health Administration and its Wage and Hour Division will cooperate with local consulates of the four countries. Together, the consulates and Labor Department agencies will reach out to migrant workers with information about U.S. health, safety and wage laws.”
The ambassadors of all four countries expressed their pleasure and hope that such an agreement will add to the knowledge of migrant workers and make the job of different divisions of the DOL a little bit easier. This partnership will involve public outreach campaigns, education, training, and other efforts to ensure that all workers in the United States are protected by the law.
Migrant workers and other high-risk, low-wage workers are often the ones taken advantage of by employers, illegally stripping them of benefits and wages they need and deserve. These workers often do not fully understand the protections afforded to them under U.S. labor laws, or are afraid of retaliation from their employer if they report problems or file a wage and hour lawsuit. This partnership will educate them and hopefully help them understand that they can face no discrimination from employers for reporting an employment problem or filing a lawsuit. If you have been treated unfairly by an employer, do not hesitate to contact an attorney to discuss your options. For a free consultation, fill out the case review form on the right.