Maribel and Reyna, two crawfish workers, were fired by their employer for seeking medical treatment after they became infected with COVID-19 at their workplace in Louisiana.
With CDM’s support, they filed a whistleblower complaint with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) arguing that their employer retaliated against them for standing up for their right to health and safety.
Maribel and Reyna’s experience was featured in countless publications across borders. They also shared their story as they advocated to strengthen protections for migrant workers with Congressional Offices as part of our Future of (Guest)Work convening in September.
In a display of disregard for workers’ rights, OSHA dismissed their complaint. In addition to appealing OSHA’s decision, Maribel and Reyna penned an op-ed in this morning’s USA TODAY detailing their narrow, rocky road to justice and the devastating consequences of the dismissal for all migrant workers.
The Biden administration has given OSHA until March 15th to decide on an Emergency Temporary Standard. But we can’t wait until then — lives are at stake.
At CDM, we’re fighting tirelessly to make sure migrant workers’ voices are reflected in the policies that impact them. We’re so proud to advance migrant justice with courageous women like Maribel and Reyna!
This post was originally published on Centro de los Derechos del Migrante, Inc..