Workers’ Rights

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Every worker deserves a fair wage and basic protections in the workplace. Unfortunately, too many New Mexican workers receive very low pay and minimal or no benefits. Low-wage employees are particularly at risk of discrimination, mistreatment, unsafe working conditions and wage theft. Wage theft occurs when a worker is not paid for work performed, paid less than what was promised, or paid less than the minimum wage.

The New Mexico Center on Law and Poverty collaborates with workers and workers’ rights organizations to improve pay and working conditions for low-wage earners. Together we have achieved groundbreaking victories, guaranteeing a right to local and statewide paid time off, increasing the minimum wage, ending the exclusion of agricultural workers from  workers’ compensation and the exclusion of domestic workers from state minimum wage laws, as well increasing enforcement of New Mexico’s anti-wage theft laws. Our work continues to expand health and safety protections and fair wages for all workers in the state.

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Our Projects

Workers Rights during COVID-19

Workers' Rights

Learn more about your rights to sick leave, unemployment benefits, and health and safety protections.

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Fighting Wage Theft

Workers' Rights

NMCLP advocates for robust enforcement of wage and anti-retaliation protections.

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Paid Sick Leave

Workers' Rights

We have fought for guaranteed paid sick leave for New Mexico workers.

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Fair Wages

Workers' Rights

Everyone who works for a living should be able to raise a family and pay their bills.

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Agricultural Worker Health and Safety 

Workers' Rights

People should be able to earn a living without putting their health and safety at risk.

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Our Resources

Please visit our project pages for more resources related to specific programs.

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Workers’ Rights Videos

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