Manuel worked construction with his brother for several weeks but the paychecks he received bounced. The contractor that had employed him wouldn't return his calls or respond to his many requests to be paid. 

Manuel filed an official complaint after he was able to track down the employer and ultimately was able to recover his wages. 

Manuel began organizing with Cincinnati Interfaith Workers Center, becoming the Membership Coordinator. In this role, Manuel helps other Cincinnati workers to expose employers who steal wages and to help navigate the legal system to recover stolen wages.