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By John Kristensen of Kristensen Weisberg, LLP posted in Discrimination on Monday, January 22, 2018.
Los Angeles Workers Threatened With Deportation By Employers: What Can They DO?

As the nationwide crackdown on illegal immigration toughens across the U.S., Los Angeles workers suffer from a surge of discrimination in the workplace.
An increasing number of employers in Los Angeles are discriminating against and using threats to deport their immigrant employees, even those who are legally in the U.S.

Under the presidency of Donald Trump, who has vowed crackdown on illegal immigration in the U.S., Los Angeles employers have found ways to discriminate against their employees of other nationalities, races, ethnicities and religion to deny payment, wrongfully terminate employees and engage in other forms of workplace discrimination.

Our best Los Angeles discrimination attorneys at Law Offices of Kristensen Weisberg, LLP have reviewed a recent case of discrimination at work involving deportation threats.

Los Angeles worker denied payment, threatened with deportation by boss

A Los Angeles worker recently filed a lawsuit with the local superior court to allege workplace discrimination. The worker was hired by an unnamed employer and was promised a daily payment of $150 that would come at the end of each day.

After six days of receiving no pay for his work, the worker finally went straight to the employer to find out the reason for payment delay. The boss, according to the lawsuit, lost self-control, insulted his employee and threatened to report him to immigration authorities.

Furthermore, the employer alleged that he was an “ex-sheriff” whose entire family was employed in the police department. The boss further threatened to “handcuff” the worker, take him into custody and then call Immigration and Customs Enforcement to deport the worker.

Cases like this one are not rare in Los Angeles, where immigration-related retaliation threats and discrimination involving illegal immigrants have surged over the past 12 months.

Fact: in California, workers filed 94 immigration-related retaliation claims with the Labor Commissioner’s Office in 2017, up from 20 in 2016.

How common is immigration-related discrimination?

There are more than 8 million immigrants from Mexico, over 1.4 million Asians and an estimated over 570,000 blacks – all undocumented – in the U.S.
The presidency of Trump, and, in particular, his pledges to crack down on illegal immigrants staying in the country illegally, have made the lives of undocumented immigrants harder, and, in some cases, even unbearable.

Fact: nearly 10% of all employees in California are undocumented immigrants.

Although undocumented immigrants are exploited as a low-wage and cheap force by employers, bosses still don’t shy away from discriminating against this most vulnerable group of people in the U.S.

The most common complaint filed against employers in Los Angeles by illegal immigrant workers is payment delays, violation of employee rights and refusal to pay wages.

Fact: more than 3 in every 4 immigrant workers in California have worked without pay.

How to take legal action against an employer for discrimination?

If you’re an undocumented immigrant trying to earn a living in Los Angeles or elsewhere in California, do know that California laws offer you protections from employer retaliation, and you may be entitled to compensation after proving that your employee rights have been violated by your boss.

Don’t be afraid to speak up and take legal action against your employer for discriminating against you or threatening you with deportation. Most Los Angeles employers get away with this type of illegal conduct, but they shouldn’t.

Here at Law Offices of Kristensen Weisberg, LLP, we offer a free consultation to all undocumented immigrants in Los Angeles and elsewhere in California. Furthermore, we respect your right for confidentiality.

Let our Los Angeles discrimination attorney walk you through the whole process of filing a discrimination or immigration-related retaliation claim against your boss today.

Seek justice and get your hard-earned money from the dishonest and unfair employer. Get a free consultation by calling at 310-984-1297 or complete this contact form.