Today, Colorado Legal Services filed a federal lawsuit on behalf of a U.S. Marine Corps veteran and experienced farm machinery operator, against an employment recruiting agency whose discriminatory acts led to the denial of a job on the basis of national origin.
Read the complaint here.
Peruvian shepherds on guest worker visas tend thousands of sheep in Wyoming, but they only make about half of what agricultural workers elsewhere are paid. Under the U.S. Senate's newest immigration proposal, these guest workers would receive a special exemption from minimum wage rules. The proposal has stirred disagreements between ranch owners and workers' rights advocates.
On December 13, 2012, Colorado Legal Services was part of a group of organizations that sent a complaint to the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Human Rights and Extreme Poverty, alleging that the United States is violating agricultural workers' human rights by not ensuring outreach workers' access to workers at employer-controlled housing.