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Speak up! Undocumented workers are often treated unfairly

There are about 8 million undocumented immigrant workers in the U.S. right now. These workers make up a huge part of a functioning workforce in the service industry, manufacturing, construction, farming and much more. Many immigrant workers do not know their rights and are often exploited by their employers.

Undocumented immigrant workers have equal rights

Some employers use their workers' lack of English skills and understanding of the law against them. Many immigrant people face unsafe working conditions, below minimum wages, and retaliation. In fact, many workers fear deportation if they speak up. Undocumented workers in the U.S. should know that they are protected against these unfair conditions by federal law.

Even after President-Elect Trump takes office, undocumented workers will still have their basic rights under the law. Workers can stand up against docked wages or employer retaliation. The Fair Labor Standards Act says that employers and farm labor contractors must pay at least minimum wage and overtime to all their workers, no matter what their status. Under the National Labor Relations Act immigrants also have the right to organize and participate in unions under federal law.

Immigrant workers are protected in court 

Undocumented workers who are injured at work have the right to compensation just like everyone else. They should know that status does not matter in these cases. Employers must legally give their workers payment for injuries on the job. Often workers do not ask for injury compensation for fear of deportation.

Legally employers cannot bring up a workers' immigration status during a labor dispute. If they try to ruin a workers' claim by threatening deportation then the court can protect the worker with a court order. If you or anyone you know has experienced discrimination like this in the workplace then contact an immigration attorney right away. They can protect you while giving you the compensation that you deserve. An immigration attorney can also guide you through the process of obtaining a green card or a visa.

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