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Every worker deserves a fair wage and basic protections in the workplace.

Unfortunately, too many New Mexican workers receive very low pay and minimal or no benefits. Low-wage employees are particularly at risk of discrimination, mistreatment, unsafe working conditions and wage theft. Wage theft occurs when a worker is not paid for work performed, paid less than what was promised, or paid less than the minimum wage.

The New Mexico Center on Law and Poverty collaborates with workers and workers’ rights organizations to improve pay and working conditions for low-wage earners. Together we have achieved groundbreaking victories, guaranteeing a right to local and statewide paid time off, increasing the minimum wage, ending the exclusion of agricultural workers from  workers’ compensation and the exclusion of domestic workers from state minimum wage laws, as well as increasing enforcement of New Mexico’s anti-wage theft laws.