Helpful Resource for Spanish Speaking Workers

Posted by William K. Thayer | Oct 06, 2015 | 0 Comments

Katie Maldonado, one of our four paralegals, assists most of our Hispanic/Latino clients and is fluent in both English and Spanish.

[Traducido al español por Katie Maldonado]

The Oregonian on September 26, 2015, noted that U.S. Department of Labor officials on Thursday of last week announced the extension of a plan that may offer help and information to Spanish-speaking workers in Oregon, especially immigrants. The Employment Education and Outreach Alliance, known as EMPLEO, brings together federal and state agencies, nonprofits, and Central American and Mexican consulates, in a program designed to help workers cut through red tape with a single phone call. This program has expanded to Oregon now, having previously been available in California, Idaho, Washington, Nevada, and Hawaii. The hotline has helped workers in some or all of those states since June of 2004 in dealing with overtime, minimum wage, equal pay, discrimination and other issues.

According to the Oregonian, Oregon's Spanish-speaking workers are especially vulnerable—primarily in the construction, restaurant, and forestry industries. The expansion of access to this hotline into Oregon hopefully will hopefully help stop exploitation of Hispanic workers who may be unaware of their rights and resources, or fearful of seeking fair treatment and enforcement of their lawful remedies, because of language barriers or undocumented status.

The hotline for interested Spanish-speaking workers can be reached by phoning 877-552-9832 [877-55-AYUDA].

Callers to the hotline will be connected to Spanish-speaking volunteers who may refer them to appropriate government or nonprofit agencies for assistance.

Whether the worker is legally in the United States or not is immaterial. The goal of the program is to enforce employment laws, and protect employees' rights, irrespective of the worker's legal or illegal status.

The Oregonian article is entitled “Hotline helps Spanish-speaking workers file complaints”. The hotline for interested Spanish-speaking workers can be reached by phoning 877-552-9832 [877-55-AYUDA].

About the Author

William K. Thayer

Bill Thayer is one of the founding partners of the Schauermann Thayer Jacobs Staples & Edwards law firm. Bill is licensed in both Oregon and Washington, and actively practiced law from 1980 to 2021. He is now "of counsel" with Schauermann Thayer and serves as an arbitrator when appointed by the courts or litigants. During his more than 40 years of active law practice, Bill advised and represented clients in personal injury and wrongful death claims and litigation, including automobile collision, motorcycle, bicycle, and pedestrian injury and death cases, dog bite cases, construction site injury claims, and a myriad of other types of injury and death claims. While many claims were settled through negotiation or mediation, Mr. Thayer litigated, arbitrated and/or tried to verdict many cases for his clients. He continues to occasionally be appointed by courts and other lawyers to serve as an arbitrator of tort claims. Bill enjoys writing as one of his varied recreational interests when he is not working.


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