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DANIEL’S STORY

Daniel heard about a job opportunity in the United States from someone he knew in his hometown. The job paid good money, and the hours would be full-time. He decided to take the job, so that he could earn money for his family back home.
When he came to the US, Daniel’s employer took his passport as soon as he arrived. Daniel worked long hours in the field for little pay. He was not paid for the extra time he worked. He did not get breaks, and was always tired.
Daniel decided that he had had enough. When he tried to leave, his employer would not give him his passport, or the wages he was due. Since his employer provided his housing and transportation, he didn’t have a way to leave.

What would you do, if you were in Daniel’s shoes?
If Daniel’s story feels familiar to you, we can help!

Everyone in the United States has certain rights, regardless of your visa or immigration status.

You have the right to:

  • Be paid fairly
  • Be free from discrimination and sexual harassment
  • A healthy and safe workplace
  • Be free from violence and exploitation
  • Leave any abusive situation
  • Exercise your rights under the law and report violations without fear of retaliation
  • Receive protective equipment to do your job safely (your employer must pay for protective equipment without deducting the costs from your paycheck)
  • Access to clean bathroom facilities and clean, safe drinking water
  • Access to soap and clean water to wash your hands as needed, especially after handling pesticides/chemicals or foods treated with pesticides/chemicals
  • Housing must be clean and safe. You must be allowed to leave your housing during non-work hours

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