Discrimination is proposing to treat or treating someone in an unfavourable manner because of prejudice or a personal characteristic of that individual. Discrimination of immigrant and low paid workers are not unknown in the USA.The working-class community that includes a large population of migrant workers faces direct discrimination on a daily basis in their workplace. This usually happens when people who do not belong to the minority communities make unfair assumptions about people with specific personal characteristics or traitslike race, age, gender or nationality can and cannot do. A common example of this would be refusing to employ an individual on the basis of their gender because they believe that the individual represents a weaker gender and cannot learn new skills.


Whyis discrimination caused?

Workers face indirect discrimination at work place as well. This usually occurs when an irrationalworking condition is imposed on a person or a group of individual that would prove to be disadvantageous for them. Indirect discrimination occurs when a particular workplace policy, behaviour or practise appears to treat workers in a way that isunfair anddetrimentalfor them. For example, a requirement for the employees to work 13-hour shifts may seem to treat all workers equally. However, it may prove to be a disadvantage for the employees with familiesand other responsibilities. If the requirement that is implemented by the company is not reasonable or sensible, then it is indirect discrimination.

Race Discrimination, a major factor

Race discrimination is another major problem faced by immigrant workers. It means discrimination against an individual in the workplace because of their assumed or actual race. Race includes descent, nationality, colour, ancestry or ethnic background or any other characteristics associated with a specific race. Many a time workers are discriminated against based on these factors. This kind of discrimination many forms,  like treating workers with low respect owing to their race or skin colour, low wage or even refusing to employ.

Other discriminations

Workers and daily labours face other forms of discrimination and exploitation as well. They are discriminated against at times based on their assumed or actual age.Workers who belong to the older age group or younger age bracket are discriminatedagainst. This means, assumption or stereotyping against older workers or young people and believing that they are too old or young to learn new things and implement them while working. It might also include not interviewing someone because they are too old or too young to work withthe existing staff, not employing young or mature workers assuming they would seek a new job or retire soon or not providing necessary training opportunities.


Immigrant workers aresubjected to exploitation as well. This occurs owing to unreasonable working hours and minimum pay. The consequence of this is workers leaving the job or complying with it.These kinds of discriminations are extremely common and immigrant workers are mostly subjected to it. Those with low English fluency faces discrimination as well, resulting is extremely low pay.Immigrant workers frequently face exploitation and these common discrimination by their employers as well as public officials.

Hey there! Justice needs to be voiced if not given and declared properly. You cannot cry that you are given justice if you don’t speak for it or raise voice against this. And, this is exactly what numerous organizations are trying to do.

Worker’s Justice Project is a Brooklyn-based organization and was founded in 2010 to acknowledge and addresses the economic and injustice that low-wage immigrant workers commonly face by building a movement or force that would help themovercome economic, racial, and workplace discrimination and bring institutional change. The main mission of the organization is to empower immigrant workers who are poorly paid. This, in turn, helps them become economically sustainable communities. This is not done in one day and is methodically planned out. The organization aims to achieve this through education, leadership development, organizing and seeking grassroots economic alternatives.


Main areas of concerns

Worker’s Justice Project recognizes the main areas of concern and aims to eradicate them. This would ensure better working conditions for the low-wage immigrant workers and help them sustain themselves. It is unlawful to discriminate a worker based on religion, gender, race or national original. However, rules are not adhered to everywhere, and the low-wage immigrant workers suffer from exploitation and poor working conditions. Worker’s Justice Project recognizes these issues and gives these workers a platform to fight against such discriminations.

Things to eradicate the bad effects

This institution focuses on each area of concern and addresses them based on their priority. Worker’s Justice Project considers that organizing is the most operative way to bring about change in the workplace. The organization helps low-wage workers across gender, race and industry come together and strengthen the right to unite and achieve socioeconomic justice. They also help to organize a democratic movement of low-wage workers. They plan to achieve this by involving low-wage workers organize campaigns that would help them achieve collective and positive action for a profound and systemic change. Worker’s Justice Project also believes that it is necessary to have leadership and organization skills to stand up for oneself and the community. The organization trains and educate individual with modern methods for them to develop these skills. This also provides workers with different and suitable economic alternatives, which is a direct reply to unemployment and exploitative labour.


Boosting leadership

Leadership development is another area of concern for Worker’s Justice Project. The organization believes that building leadership skills would not only to empower the low-wage workers, but would help them in the decision-making processes that directly or indirectly influence their work and community. Proper training is provided todevelop leadership skills and allow the individual to recognise the main areas of concern.

Worker’s Justice Project understands the current conditions of the immigrant low-paid workers in the USA and the workplace injustice that most suffer from day to day basis. The organization strives to build a workplace that is free from any kind of discrimination.They desire to build a democratic workplace where workers can pursue their job with dignity and respect, and sustain their families irrespective of their age, gender, nationality and race.  Safety is another area of concern that Worker’s Justice Project takes into consideration, therefore aims to make the workplace safe for immigrant low-paid workers with stronger laws and the right to organise and protest with being afraid of retaliation.

Hey there! Justice needs to be voiced if not given and declared properly. You cannot cry that you are given justice if you don’t speak for it or raise voice against this. And, this is exactly what numerous organizations are trying to do.