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Worker Rights

If you work in New York City, you have rights regardless of immigration status, national origin, or country of origin. Learn more at

To learn about your worker rights throughout New York State, visit


Forced Labor/Human Trafficking

Forced labor, also known as human trafficking, is a crime. If you are:

  • Told you must work to pay off a debt
  • Promised a benefit like a green card or money that you don’t receive
  • Told your employer will keep your passport, ID or employment contract
  • Threatened that someone will call the police or immigration if you do not work
  • Threatened that you or your family will suffer physical or other harm
  • Actually harmed, or a family member is harmed

Call the National Trafficking Hotline 1-888-373-7888 (24 hours/7 days a week) OR the New York Department of Labor Hotline 1-877-466-9757 (9-5, M-F) OR email

In an emergency, call 911.

Workplace Protections for Specific Workers

Learn about workplace protections for specific workers: