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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. The Commission conducts presentations in several languages, explaining discrimination in New York City 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 adult literacy courses for ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) classes entitled The Right To Work: Understanding Immigrant Employment Rights. The lessons teach adult literacy students   using a manual with interactive DVD’s.

The classes cover:
•        Overview of NYC’s Human Rights Law
•        Workers’ Rights
•        Protecting Against Immigrant Fraud
•        Resources

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.


Immigrant Employment Rights Presentations

The Commission also provides presentations at community organizations to the city’s many immigrant communities on the protections they have under the City and other 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 French.


New Citizens

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