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Your labor rights

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You cannot be fired or deported simply for exercising your rights under the law, regardless of your immigration status. Some of those rights are:

Minimum wage

Everyone deserves at least the minimum wage under the law, $7.25 per hour. Some states have a higher minimum wage.
Exceptions: Workers who earn tips. But the wages plus the tips must equal at least $7.25 per hour.


If you work more than 40 hours per week, you should receive overtime pay for every hour you work over 40. That should be 1.5 times your normal wages.

Exceptions: Many agricultural and domestic jobs and some professional or management jobs don’t qualify for overtime.

Workers’ compensation

If a worker is injured or gets sick because of work, they have a right to medical treatment and in some cases lost wages due to illness.

Exceptions: It depends on how many employees the company has.

Safe & healthy job

Everyone deserves a work place that is healthy and safe. You should not have to work in dangerous conditions. For specialized jobs, the employer should provide protective clothing and equipment.

None of the information in this resource should be considered legal advice. Please speak to an immigration attorney or Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) accredited representative about your particular case.

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