WHD Ensuring Proper Wages in the Workplace

Attorneys Present at WHD Interviews

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Justice at Work recommends that DOL strengthen its commitment to supporting survivors of labor trafficking by allowing their legal representatives to be present during Wage and Hour Division interviews. Often, a trafficking survivor spends significant time with their attorney building trust as they consider their legal options—including whether to report to a law enforcement agency. The process of building trust and rapport can be especially protracted for immigrant clients who may not speak English, do not possess lawful immigration status and may be fearful of government officials. In our experience, allowing attorneys to be present during interviews put the clients at ease, helps to resolve communication issues as they arise, and facilitates the information gathering process.

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Idea No. 149