The site currently features a drop-down menu allowing users to choose their job titles, such as, “day laborer,” “office worker,” “restaurant worker,” and a few others. Once a choice is made, users are taken to a page with several options:
- Tell us what happened. We can help.
- You have the right to be treated equally.
- You have the right to engage with others to improve wages and working conditions.
- You have the right to a safe and healthy work environment.
- You have the right to be paid.
Each of these topics has information grouped below it about various scenarios the worker may be facing, such as:
- I’m not being paid $7.25 or more for my work.
- I am being prevented from engaging with others to improve my working conditions.
- I was discriminated against based on my age.
When a user clicks on any of these scenarios, he or she is taken to a brief description of his or her rights, with links to take further action, such as filing a claim (e.g., for lost wages), filing a charge (e.g., for discrimination with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission), or filing a complaint (e.g., for a workplace safety violation with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration).
The DOL is inviting users to try out the website and provide feedback. According to the DOL blog, “the most important innovation is that we’ll constantly be collecting feedback and improving the site.” The DOL expects to expand the site’s offerings in the coming months “to target more and more occupations” and “to narrow in on the precise information that workers need most.”
Hera S. Arsen, Ph.D. (Torrance)