Fair Employment Practices

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Colorado Legal Services and Catholic Charities work with the Department of Justice's Office of Special Counsel (OSC) for Immigration-Related Unfair Employment Discrimination to protect immigrant workers from being discriminated against by employers.

The Immigrant and Nationality Act's anti-discrimination provisions protect immigrant workers from the following types of employment discrimination:

  • Discrimination on the basis of national origin (eg. not hiring or firing a worker based on his/her appearance, accent or place of birth)
  • Discrimination on the basis of citizenship status (eg. having a "citizen-only" hiring practice)
  • Discrimination on the basis of documentation (eg. "document abuse," or demanding more or different documentation than what is required by the I-9 legal process)
  • Discrimination by act or threat of retaliation (eg. firing or discriminating against workers who assert their rights as legal workers)

For more information, please contact Colorado Legal Services at (303) 866-9366 or (800) 864-4330, or contact the Office of Special Counsel directly via their worker or employer hotline. The OSC attempts to intervene in employer-worker disputes and resolve them informally.

Employer Hotline:
1-800-362-2735 (TDD)

Worker Hotline:
1-800-237-2515 (TDD)

Also see the Office of Special Counsel website for more information.