U.S. Labor Department doing outreach to reach the Hispanic community

NOW: U.S. Labor Department doing outreach to reach the Hispanic community

MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) -- The U.S. Department of Labor is doing outreach to the Hispanic community to make sure they're aware of their rights in the workplace. They have resources in Spanish and English.

"They want to make sure that every worker understands that they have the right to a safe workplace, a fair wage and protection from discrimination regardless of their citizenship status and the language they speak," said Fidel Arroyo Jr., community outreach resource and planning specialist, U.S. Department of Labor, Chicago District Office.

According to a recent report released by the Urban Institute, 31 percent of workers are Hispanic, which is 152-million workers.

The US. Department of Labor has a website to help Spanish-speaking workers, job seekers and retirees address common workplace concerns and learn about the different options they have if they believe their rights were violated.

"What we've seen in our investigations is that a lot of them are scared to file a complaint, and that's because there's misinformation or not enough information for them to know that we are available to them. And that's why we're putting all of our effort in outreach," Arroyo said.

 According to the U.S. Labor Department, workers can file complaints and remain anonymous.

They will investigate if there's a valid case.

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