When the Michoacán Rafael Perez speaks he does it without a single hair on his tongue because he believes that truth doesn’t hurt. One good decision permitted him to buy his home in Brooklyn, New York. Rafael Perez, born and raised in the historic city of Hidalgo in the state of Michoacán, has been a construction worker in the city of New York for 23 years and has worked worse than a donkey. He worked anything between 12 – 14 hours daily from Monday to Sunday, with a miserable pay that wasn’t enough for him to even pay his rent. He endured these conditions for a long time until he got tired and said enough!
“Us Mexicans do not got tired that easily from working, what we get tired of is the abuse. That’s why I hired a lawyer to defend me” says Rafael. “I went to three different lawyers and with all three it was the same: you had to wait in their offices like anyone else and 4 hours later of waiting they would say you had nothing. A pure waste of time” continues the Michoacán.
A huge support throughout the whole process was his wife Francisca, whom they share a son and a daughter. She was in charge of receiving phone calls and being on top of the case while Rafael was working his heart out in construction. Never in his 23 years of living in New York, where he started working earning 70$ a week, had he seen so much money together to even think about buying a house. Now a bit more at peace, his only worry is that his wife recuperates from an injury in the hospital. With that being said, he warns his compatriots that if they are not being paid what they’re supposed to be getting paid do not be afraid to sue. “They will take advantage of you here, if you let them” finalizes Perez.