Wage theft and workplace exploitation exist in our immigrant communities because of weak state laws, current attacks on federal workplace protections, and lack of enforcement by state and federal agencies, but also because of our immigration laws and how those laws are used by employers to exert power and control over workers who assert their rights. At MIRC, we deeply understand the interplay between immigration and workplace rights and in alliance with our community partners, we represent and support Michigan’s farmworkers and immigrant workers in their fight for dignity and equity.
Each year MIRC’s Farmworker & Immigrant Worker Rights team provides legal advice and representation to hundreds of farmworkers and immigrant workers throughout the state of Michigan. Our Farmworker & Immigrant Worker Rights team engages in targeted outreach and provides community education materials so that Michigan’s farmworkers and immigrant workers understand their rights. We also work alongside MIRC’s public policy staff to track Michigan specific labor and employment issues that affect farmworkers and immigrant workers and develop policy proposals that target the systems that allow for worker exploitation to exist.
Our team’s legal and policy areas of focus include: farmworker litigation, worksite immigration raids, labor trafficking (including U and T visas), wage and hour litigation, workplace sexual harassment and discrimination, and non-citizens' access to unemployment insurance and workers' compensation systems.
Farmworker & Immigrant Workers’ Rights staff: Susan Reed, Diana Marin, Anna Hill, Gonzalo Peralta, and José Ernesto López.
Interested in an internship or externship with our Farmworker & Immigrant Worker Rights team? Click here.
Do you have employment complaints or questions about your rights as a farmworker or an immigrant worker? Call (800) 968-4046 for a free consultation or visit: