Migrant Farmworker Legal Problems

The Pennsylvania Farmworker Project at PLA represents Pennsylvania immigrant farmworkers in the following types of matters:

Minimum wage and/or wage payment violations.

Unsafe working conditions, exploitation by farm labor contractors and employers, pesticide-related health issues.

Referrals for workplace injuries and worker’s compensation.

Unsafe living conditions and other housing issues.

Government benefits, including social security, food stamps and unemployment compensation.

Discrimination in employment based on race, sex, national origin, gender and citizenship status.

Discrimination and/or retaliation relating to a farmworker exercising his or her legal rights, including the right to make complaints about conditions of employment or housing.

H-2A employment issues.

Administrative and civil proceedings regarding violations of federal and state laws protecting farmworkers, such as the Migrant and Seasonal Agricultural Worker Protection Act (AWPA), the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), and the Pennsylvania Seasonal Farm Labor Law.

How to get help with Migrant Farmworker Legal Problems

The following departments at PLA provide legal assistance with Migrant Farmworker Legal Problems:

Intake Procedure:

Applicants should call the Pennsylvania Farmworker Project's Hotline at 888.541.1544. Outside of normal business hours, callers should leave a message.

Self-Help Resources

Resources for Pennsylvania Farmworkers

A list of organizations that serve migrant farmworkers, including legal services organizations, immigration attorneys, and social service organizations.


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