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Immigrant Employment Rights

The NYC Commission on Human Rights educates immigrants on the legal protections they have under the NYC Human Rights Law and the federal Immigration and Reform Control Act (IRCA) of 1986. The Commission conducts hundreds of presentations each year in several languages, explaining discrimination based on national origin, citizenship, or alienage status and other areas that may affect them. For more information on scheduling or attending a workshop, please call 311 or (212) NEW-YORK. All workshops are free.

ESOL Classes

The Commission developed two adult literacy courses for ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) classes entitled The Right To Work: Understanding Immigrant Employment Rights. The two lessons teach adult literacy students at the beginning/intermediate and advanced levels  using interactive DVD workbooks.

The classes teach:

  • Key points in hiring
    • I-9 form
    • Interview questions
    • Acceptable documents for work authorization and establishing identity
    • Document Abuse
    • E-Verify
  • Workplace discrimination (English-only policies, dress, accent)
  • Where and how to report suspected discrimination

The Commission delivers these lessons during scheduled ESOL classes at public libraries, community colleges, and back-to-work agencies. The classes provide practical work-related information while furthering the adult student’s literacy goals. Click on one of the items below to access the workbook and DVD. The Teacher Edition workbooks also contain lesson plans, completed exercises, and supplemental materials.

Student Edition Workbooks:

Teacher Edition Workbooks: 

DVDs to Accompany Workbooks


Immigrant Employment Rights Presentations

The Commission provides additional presentations at various community organizations to the city’s  many immigrant communities on the protections they have under the City and federal anti-discrimination laws. The Commission also educates employers and employment agencies on their obligations under these laws. Classes are taught in English, Spanish, Russian, Haitian Creole, and Chinese.

New Citizens

The Commission conducts human rights presentations to new citizens at swearing-in naturalization ceremonies and distributes a resource newsletter.