The National Workrights Institute was founded in January 2000 by the former staff of the American Civil Liberties Union’s National Taskforce on Civil Liberties in the Workplace. The Institute’s creation grew from the belief that the workplace is a critical front in the fight for human rights and the belief that this effort required the creation of a new organization dedicated to human rights in the workplace. The Institute’s mission is to be the one human rights organization which commits its entire effort to workplace issues.
The Institute’s goal is to improve the legal protection of human rights in the workplace. We believe that the core problem is not that workplace rights laws are inadequately enforced, but that these laws, even on paper, are grossly inadequate.
The Institute’s strategy is to select a small number of issues where there is both the potential of creating substantial long range improvement in workplace human rights and a current opportunity for constructive engagement.