Your immigration status is simply not relevant in a case involving the non-payment of wages and penalties. California law protects you. Federal law has also echoed the protection afforded workers regardless of their immigration status to basic worker protection laws, including penalties, when one is not paid correctly.

California also recently passed laws that protect immigrant workers.

First, on October 11, 2013, Governor Brown signed AB 263 creating momentous protections for immigrant workers against employer retaliation. The bill expands existing law by prohibiting employer retaliation against workers who come forward to enforce their rights under California’s labor laws, or otherwise engage in protected conduct. The law took effect on January 1, 2014.

 

Your immigration status is simply not relevant in a case involving the non-payment of wages and penalties. California law protects you. Federal law has also echoed the protection afforded workers regardless of their immigration status to basic worker protection laws, including penalties, when one is not paid correctly.

California also recently passed laws that protect immigrant workers.

First, on October 11, 2013, Governor Brown signed AB 263 creating momentous protections for immigrant workers against employer retaliation. The bill expands existing law by prohibiting employer retaliation against workers who come forward to enforce their rights under California’s labor laws, or otherwise engage in protected conduct. The law took effect on January 1, 2014.