Sunday, March 7, 2010

Agricultural Work and Discrimination

Agriculture is the backbone of our society. Without agricultural workers, no one would be able to eat. Unfortunately agricultural workers also face some of the harshest working conditions of any industry. They work longer hours, often for less pay, than people in nearly any other line of work. Even if their working conditions are less than ideal, however, they are entitled-like everyone-to work without facing discrimination.

Discrimination can affect anyone, but is most commonly faced by women and people from marginalized groups, such as religious and ethnic minorities. Discrimination because of personal characteristics unrelated to the line of work is illegal. When a worker faces unfair treatment because of their race, age, religion, gender, or other characteristics, legal action can be taken to put an end to the discrimination.

It is also illegal to discriminate against an employee by citizenship status. Setting aside other factors, simply being a foreign resident has no impact on a person's ability to do a job. There are many citizens who are less capable and experienced than immigrants, and often not enough citizens to fill the demand. In short, what passport you hold doesn't affect your ability to work.

Many of America's agricultural workers are temporary migrants from Mexico. Since there are often not enough American citizens who are willing to do agricultural work, Mexican workers step in to fill the gap. Contrary to popular belief, most of them return to Mexico for most of the year. The arrangement benefits both sides: American agriculture receives work that would not otherwise get done, Mexican workers take better pay home to help their families.

If you or someone you love have faced discrimination in agricultural work, you are entitled to take legal action against discriminatory employers. Everyone, no matter what their background, is entitled to a discrimination-free workplace.

To learn how an experienced Texas employment attorney can help you, call the compassionate Texas employment lawyers of the Ross Law Group today.
Joseph Devine

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