Even if you’re undocumented, you still have rights!
No one’s rights under federal or California law have changed as a result of the election. Here’s a PDF flyer we’ve created in Spanish, Chinese and English. (If PDFs are not accessible to you, you can also find it here.) The same text is below in English.
The 2016 election didn’t change your rights under state or federal law. Even if you are undocumented and have no papers, you still have the following rights:
- The right not to be harassed or subjected to violence because of your national origin, religion, race, or citizenship, or because you are an immigrant — at your job or anywhere else. These are hate crimes.
- The right to be paid your full wages for the work you perform.
- The right to be treated lawfully and not exploited because you are an immigrant.
- The right to complain to your employer about your working conditions.
- The right to file a legal complaint about unlawful working conditions.
- The right to take action with your fellow workers to improve your working conditions.
- The right not to be reported to immigration authorities because you complained about your working conditions.
For help in protecting your legal rights, please contact the Legal Aid Society-Employment Law Center at 415-864-8848. We offer free legal services in English, Spanish, Cantonese, and Mandarin, and we can arrange services in additional languages.