Basic Employment Rights


Your Basic Employment Rights


EQUAL JUSTICE: The EJC fights to ensure that all workers can enforce their basic rights in the workplace. 

All workers, regardless of immigration status, have the ability to enforce their basic employment rights at work. Most workers have the following protections in the workplace:

  • The right to receive minimum wage;
  • The right to receive overtime pay after 40 hours of work in the workweek; 
  • The right to be paid what you were promised; 
  • The right to work free from illegal discrimination; 
  • The right to advocate for improvements to your wages and working conditions;
  • The right to a safe workplace; 
  • The right to access the justice system to enforce your rights. 

The EJC has launched a program to provide legal services to survivors of sexual assault to recover compensation and gain security in the workplace. Additionally, the EJC works with other service providers in Texas to provide assistance to survivors of sexual assault and works to have employers adopt practices that prevent sexual assault in the workplace.  

The Equal Justice Center also focuses on providing legal services to guest workers that work in the U.S. though temporary visa programs, such as the H-2B, H-2A, and J-1 programs. Additionally, the EJC specializes in providing services to survivors of labor trafficking.

For legal assistance or questions about your rights at work, please call 800-853-4028, or contact the EJC location nearest you.

Notice: This is general information and is not legal advice.