Workers’ Rights

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Every worker deserves a fair wage and basic protections in the workplace. Unfortunately, too many New Mexican workers are in jobs with very low pay and minimal or no benefits. Low-wage employees are particularly vulnerable to 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 in workers’ compensation for agricultural workers and enforcement of New Mexico’s anti-wage theft laws. Our work continues to expand paid sick leave, health and safety protections, and fair wages for all workers in the state.

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Our Projects

Ending Wage Theft

Workers' Rights

Wage theft—the unlawful failure to pay wages rightfully owed to a worker—is rampant among New Mexico’s low-wage workers.

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Paid Sick Leave

Workers' Rights

The Center works to advance policy changes to provide paid sick leave for all workers.

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Fair Wages

Workers' Rights

The Center seeks to include more workers like youth, dairy workers, packers, and other agricultural workers who are left out of fundamental protections.

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Farm Worker Health and Safety 

Workers' Rights

Many agricultural workers are still excluded from basic health and safety protections. We continue to monitor remaining barriers they have to workers’ compensation.

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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

Uncovered: New Mexico’s Farm Workers from Office Manager on Vimeo.

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