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NYC Launches Worker Protection Awareness Campaign

April 2, 2019

By Neal Tepel

New York, NY – New York City launches  public awareness campaign to educate New Yorkers about their workplace rights

“As the fairest big city in America, NYC is making sure to make significant efforts to back our city’s workers,” said Deputy Mayor for Strategic Policy Initiatives J. Phillip Thompson. “With this new public education campaign, we hope hard-working New Yorkers realize that we want their voices heard and that we are here to protect them. It is only when our economy is inclusive by ensuring workers across all industries and all demographics have the tools and information they need to succeed, that our city can truly be a place of opportunity for all.”

The new multilingual campaign highlights important workplace information for all workers in NYC regardless of their job or immigration status. New Yorkers can file a complaint by visiting nyc.gov/workers or calling 311. The ads are running in the city’s subway cars and stations, bus shelters, LinkNYC, as well as in print, on radio, online, and in neighborhood businesses. DCWP enforces a number of municipal workplace laws, including the Paid Safe and Sick Leave Law, the Freelance Isn’t Free Act, Commuter Benefits Law, the Living and Prevailing Wage Laws, the Grocery Workers Retention Act, and the Fair Workweek Law.

“With the federal government rolling back protections for workers—especially those who are most vulnerable—we want New Yorkers to know that we are here for them,” said DCWP Commissioner Lorelei Salas. “With this campaign, we hope New Yorkers will know that we are a resource where they can learn more about their local workplace rights. Through broad and targeted advertising, we will reach both the workers who are covered by new City laws like Fair Workweek and Freelance Isn’t Free and workers who may not be aware of their rights like Paid Safe and Sick Leave or who are unsure of or wary of coming to a government agency. As the campaign tagline says—We fight for every worker in NYC.”

April 2, 2019

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