Workers’ Rights

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Workers rights and immigrant rights are inextricably linked, especially in California where immigrants comprise over a third of the workforce. Our state benefits deeply from the economic contributions of our diverse immigrant workforce, including those who are undocumented, who make up about one in 10 workers in California. However, despite California’s leadership with some of the most progressive worker protection laws in the country, immigrant and refugee workers still face harassment, retaliation, and discrimination in the workplace.

In light of increasing federal attacks, California must uphold labor and employment standards and protect all workers’ labor and civil rights, regardless of immigration status. CIPC supports campaigns and worker-led organizations to advance policies that protect immigrants in the workplace while giving them greater power in workplace decision-making and relationships to management. 

Most Recent Wins

In 2021, CIPC was proud to support the California Domestic Workers Coalition (CDWC) in passing SB 321 (Durazo), the Health and Safety for all Workers Act. This law creates an advisory committee, inclusive of domestic workers, employers, and experts in the field of health and safety, that will institute the first ever health and safety guidelines specific to the domestic work industry in the state. Now, CDWC is working to ensure that the committee is effective and efficient in establishing clear guidelines that can pave the way for enforceable health and safety for all workers. 

Take Action

Join CIPC and our partners, like CDWC, to ensure that all workers have access to worker protections and benefits. 

Resources

  • E-verify: Learn more about your rights if your employer uses E-Verify with our infographics (in English, Chinese, and Spanish) and factsheets (English, Chinese, and Spanish)
  • Document abuse: Learn more about document abuse and your rights under SB 1001 with our community fact sheet.
  • AB 5 and independent contracting: Learn more about your rights under AB 5 with our FAQ, created in collaboration with the Partnership for Working Families (in English and Spanish)

Stories From the Frontline

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