The goal of the Workplace Justice Program is to serve as an alternative access to justice by resolving low-wage workers’ cases of workplace abuse. Fe y Justicia Worker Center believes workers are uniquely equipped to organize and devise solutions to the workplace issues they face. For this reason, we see our role as guides, equipping workers with information about their legal and human rights and assisting them as they navigate the agencies, resources, and services available.
Workers report a whole range of issues including, most commonly, wage theft, discrimination, sexual harassment, injury, and safety and health violations. Individuals and groups of workers with a case of workplace injustice are required to participate in a Workers Rights Workshop to learn about their rights, to generate discussion on the broader question of why such abuses continue, and also to formally open a case by communicating the full story and establishing a plan of action. Workshops are generally held every other Monday at 6 p.m., as well as on other occasions at community events and gatherings.
From 2007 – 2012 we have:
· Recovered $800,000 in unpaid wages for low-wage workers and their families
· Assisted approximately 2,500 workers with cases of workplace abuse
· Trained over 10,000 low-wage workers and community members on labor rights
Safety and Health
We are committed to providing regular popular education based safety and health trainings in order to empower workers to denounce violations at the job site, and ultimately to prevent workplace injuries and death. We host an annual Workers’ Memorial Day Vigil in collaboration with United Support and Memorial for Workplace Fatalities, OSHA, Fuerza Hispana Conroe, Ser y Hacer Galveston, and other local partners, and know many who have lost their loved ones to largely preventable workplace accidents. It is the most basic of workplace rights to be able to arrive home safely at the end of the day.