Is your employer not paying overtime wages, failing to pay minimum wages or prevailing wages or not paying anything at all for some of the hours you work? If so, you are the unfortunate victim of wage theft and you are not alone. Employers often target undocumented workers for wage theft. But, you have the ability to fight back! As an undocumented worker, you have the same rights as anyone else to hire an attorney and recover your illegally withheld wages.
Are you concerned that you cannot do anything about wage theft because you are undocumented?
Courts around the country have said that undocumented workers have the same rights to receive their lawful wages as any other worker, regardless of immigration status. In fact, many courts have even gone so far as to say that in a lawsuit, employers cannot even inquire about the worker’s immigration status.
Do you have concerns about employer retaliation?
As an undocumented worker, you might be concerned that if you make a claim for wage theft, your employer may try to intimidate you by threatening to report you to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE”). If you have that concern, you should discuss it with an attorney.
If you have questions
If you are the victim of wage theft and are thinking of pursuing a claim, you should contact an attorney who is very knowledgeable and experienced in this area of the law.
*This information on this blog is not nor is it intended to be legal advice. You should consult an attorney for individual advice regarding your particular situation.