OSC Publications for Workers/Advocates
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any of these materials, please call -- voice (1-800-255-7688) or TTY (1-800-237-2515) -- to request printed versions which will be mailed to you.
- Cartoon Flyer (also in Spanish, Chinese, Carolinian, Chamorro, Japanese, Korean, Tagalog) A 2-page pictorial example of employment discrimination and an explanation of worker rights.
- EEOC v. OSC Comparison Flyer A chart that shows the differences between what charges of discrimination the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the Office of Special Counsel handle.
- E-Verify Advocate Flyer A 2-page introduction and explanation of the E-Verify process. Includes clarification of worker's rights during the process and how to identify possible misuse of the e-Verify program.
- E-Verify Know Your Rights Flyer (also in Spanish) A 1-page brief overview of how E-Verify works and how to contact help if problems arise during the process or if an employer is misusing the E-Verify process.
- Fact Patterns Flyer A 3-page introduction outlining different ways employers may discriminate during and after the hiring process.
- Fact Sheet Regarding Post-9/11 Backlash Discrimination (also in Bengali, Somali, Gujarat, Hindi, Arabic) A 2-page charted with examples of possible ways employers may discriminate due to the 9/11 attack. The chart also makes clear which persons are protected from national origin discrimination and/or immigration status discrimination.
- Jurisdiction Overview Flyer A 2-page introduction for employers to OSC's jurisdiction under the anti-discrimination provision of the INA and the employment eligibility verification process.
- Know Your Rights Flyer (also in Spanish) A 1-page overview explaining ways an employer may be discriminating against you and what you can do about it.
- Name and Social Security Number (SSN) "No-Match" Information for Employees (also in Spanish) A 2-page document that includes a Q&A that explains the possible causes for receiving an SSA no-match letter, a proper course of action to resolve the issue, and the rights you ave while fixing the matter along with further information for workers.
- OSC Naturalization Flyer (also in Spanish) A 1-page document that states the basic information employees need to know in order to protect their rights and identify possible cases of employment discrimination. Published: 7/18/12
- Refugee/Asylee Flyer A 1-page guide that explains how to complete a Form I-9 and informs workers what they need to provide when employers can ask for more documentation.
- Temporary Protected Status (for workers from any country) (also in Spanish) A 1-page explanation of how the government deals with temporary protected status (TPS) and work permits.
- Temporary Protected Status (for workers from El Salvador) (also in Spanish) A 1-page overview explaining the rights of workers with TPS in a question and answer format.
- Worker Brochure (also in Arabic, Burmese, Chinese, French, Korean, Nepali, Russian, and Vietnamese) A 7-page brochure with stories of four individuals who each were discriminated against when they had the right to work in the United States.
- Worker Palm Card (also in Spanish) A 6-page bullet point explanation of I-9 forms, worker rights, consequences for using false papers, and how to file a charge of discrimination.
- Worker Webinar Announcement Flyer (also in Spanish) An invite to a one-hour free webinar that will teach you about your rights as a worker and the best ways to deal with SSA no-match and E-Verify complications.
OSC Guidance with Respect to Asylees and Refugees
Refugee and asylum status may be granted to people who have been persecuted or fear they may be persecuted on account of race, religion, nationality, membership in a particular social group, or political opinion. See Section 101(A)(42) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA). Refugees and asylees are authorized to work indefinitely but may receive temporary employment authorization documents (EADs) from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).
Refugees and asylees are authorized to work whether or not they have DHS-issued work authorization documents. As with all newly hired employees, refugees and asylees must still complete an I-9 Form and present either one document from List A or a combination of one document from List B and one document from List C.
See OSC's flyer for employers on employment eligibility verification for refugees and asylees here, and OSC's flyer for refugee and asylee workers and their advocates here.
Watch OSC's short video on reverification of the I-9 form for refugees (and asylees) here.
For more information on refugee and asylum status from the USCIS website, click here.
OSC Social Security Number (SSN) No-Match Guidance
Employers sometimes receive notices that an employee’s name and Social Security number (SSN) do not match the records on file with either the Social Security Administration or an outside entity drawing on publicly available Social Security number data. SSN no-matches are not necessarily the result of fraud or identity theft, and employers should not automatically assume that such notices mean that an employee is not authorized to work in the United States.
Accordingly, OSC has developed guidance for employers and employees relating to SSN no-match notices:
Name and Social Security Number (SSN) "No-Match" Information for Employees (also in Spanish)
Temporary Protected Status (TPS)
TPS is a temporary immigration benefit that allows qualified individuals from designated countries who are in the United States to stay here for a certain time period, due to certain conditions such as on-going armed conflict, environmental disaster, or other extraordinary and temporary conditions in the country. DHS often issues automatic extensions of employment authorization for TPS and DED recipients to allow sufficient time to process applications for EADs.
Click here to learn more about TPS and DED and to view OSC’s guidance for workers and employers.
OSC Video Explaining Federal Protections Against Immigration-Related Discrimination in the Workplace
Video - RealPlayer | QuickTime
OSC PowerPoint Presentation
|OSC PowerPoint Presentation (English)
||OSC PowerPoint Presentation (Spanish)
*PowerPoint versions of the slides are available upon request by calling OSC at 1-800-255-7688 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Against National Origin Discrimination
The Civil Rights Division has established a National
Origin Working Group to help citizens and immigrants better understand
and exercise their legal rights. If you think you, or somone you
know, has been discriminated against because of national origin
and want to learn more about exercising your legal rights, you should
read this brochure
Worker Hotline: 1-800-255-7688 • Employer