Profiles of the Latino Workforce What Are Some Ways to Reduce the Risk of Dying on the Job

Fact Sheet

The competitiveness of thousands of American businesses depends on the contributions of low-skilled workers. However, outdated labor protections, a dysfunctional immigration system, and weakened federal investment in workplace outreach and enforcement have left many low-skill workers vulnerable to exploitation by unscrupulous employers. Due to demographic and labor market shifts, Latinos* have emerged as the group most likely to hold jobs with low wages, insufficient benefits, and dangerous working conditions. The costs to worker well-being and job quality are immense, and Latinos–especially immigrants–are the workers most likely to pay with their lives.


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