The Department of Labor Starting this Monday, during Labor Rights Week 2023, the US and Mexican embassies will brief migrant workers on their workplace rights.
As part of a strategy to educate workers about their rights, the federal agency today launched the MigrantWorker.gov website and the Spanish version, Trabajador Migrante.gov, where it provides guidance on the safety and health protections afforded by federal law and what can be done to help.
The Department of Labor (DOL) has also launched a series of videos that answer migrant workers’ most frequently asked questions about their rights and provide resources where they can get legal advice, it said in a statement.
In addition, it connects migrant workers from four countries to their consulates for assistance.
Labor Law Week runs this Monday through September 1 and includes outreach events across the United States sponsored by federal agencies, Mexican consulates, and several Central American and Latin American countries.
One of the goals this year is to educate migrants about the regulations on working in excessive heat and the diseases it causes, as well as the illegal use of child labor.
In addition, they will provide information about illegal recruitment fees, gender-based violence and harassment, and dangerous and unhealthy working conditions.
The events will also serve to raise awareness about the Workers Owed Wages program, which brings together workers with wages collected on their behalf.
Doug Parker, Deputy Secretary of State for Occupational Safety and Health, said in a statement that they fight to keep workers safe and secure “and to ensure the dignity of their day-to-day work”.
Interested workers can contact any of the 50 Mexican consulates in the United States to attend the events.
Labor Rights Week is a 2009 initiative of the Mexican Embassy to help their compatriots.