Commissioner Gatling and Ms. Stutman
The Commission, along with its partner The New York Immigration Coalition, cohosted
a forum on Avoiding Immigration-Related Employment Discrimination at the
Brooklyn Public Business Library in December 2007. The event – geared specifically
for employers and business representatives – was part of a larger ongoing collaborative
effort by the City to educate immigrant workers, employers, and advocacy groups
throughout the five boroughs regarding the protections and obligations they have
under the Immigration and Reform Control Act of 1986 (IRCA) and
the New York City Human Rights Law.
Keynote speaker Robin M. Stutman, Esq. – Special Litigation Counsel in the
Office of Special Counsel for Immigration Related Unfair Employment Practices, Civil
Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice – discussed anti-discrimination
provisions contained in the U.S. Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) and employer
sanctions of IRCA, and provided the latest information about: avoiding immigrationrelated
employment discrimination; as well as complying with INA hiring regulations;
INA I-9 requirements; understanding how the new E-Verify of employment
eligibility will work; what to do with Social Security no match letters, ‘Safe Harbor’
regulations, and wage and hour issues.
The Commission’s Immigrant Employment Rights Program provides workshops,
informal discussions, literature, and multilingual presentations regarding discrimination
in employment based on national origin, citizenship status or alienage. Funding assistance
for the program is provided by the U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division,
Office of Special Counsel for Immigration Related Unfair Employment Practices.