In Framingham, Massachusetts a new organization called the MetroWest Immigrant Worker Center has opened its doors on Union Avenue. The local group formed last fall and has been conducting outreach work through local churches attended by immigrants. Director Diego Low says the organization hopes to assist workers in pursuing their rights and navigating Massachusetts’ legal system.
For instance, the employer of a group of local immigrant workers denied the workers their right to workers’ compensation and another refused to pay overtime for extra hours worked. In one case, a worker was severely injured on the job but did not challenge his employer for fear of repercussions. These are the types of cases that the MetroWest Immigrant Worker Center will take on.
The Center for Immigration Studies estimates that about 5% of the United State’s workforce is in the country illegally. Despite what many people believe, illegal workers are still entitled to be paid for their work and any overtime. They are also entitled to workers’ compensation if they are injured on the job.
The MetroWest Immigrant Worker Center recently received a $40,000 grant from The Boston Foundation, which the Center hopes to use for education and advocacy work.
If you or a family member were denied workers’ compensation, then our Massachusetts workers’ compensation lawyers can help. Our team of experienced attorneys will help you navigate the legal system and ensure that you get appropriate medical treatment.
New group aims to protect immigrant workers, WickedLocal.com, July 24, 2008
Related Web Resource
Compliance Assistance: Hispanic Employers and Workers, osha.gov