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Know your rights guide

Exploitation

Find out what constitutes exploitation and who you can talk to if you think you're being exploited.

I am worried about my pay and working conditions

You could be experiencing workplace exploitation if:

  • your employer is not paying you what you have agreed
  • you are not being allowed breaks or time off
  • you are not being given proper equipment to do your job safely
  • you are working under unsafe or unhygienic conditions
  • you are being threatened with or experiencing violence or your employer has taken your identity documents or passport.

For more information and support

Gangmasters & Labour Abuse Authority

They are the government agency responsible for protecting workers from exploitation. You can call them anonymously 0800 432 0804
[email protected]

If you are undocumented, this may not be the best option for you

If you would rather contact an independent charity for information and support, you can call:

Modern Slavery Helpline

Call 0800 121 7000.

They can advise you on your rights as a potential victim of exploitation in the UK, regardless of your immigration status. They provide support in a number of languages and calls are confidential.

If you are unsure about your rights at work, you can contact Acas who are a government run helpline that also supports workers and employers to resolve workplace issues.

Acas

0300 123 1100 ww.acas.org.uk

Other sources of information

You can also find information about your rights at work through: