Did you know that it is illegal to discriminate against somebody based on their citizenship or immigration status? Unfortunately, immigration discrimination occurs regularly in workplaces throughout California. At The Rager Law Firm, our team is here to help if you need a Los Angeles immigration discrimination attorney by your side. We have extensive experience handling complex employment discrimination cases, and our goal is to investigate your case so we can secure the compensation and closure that you need for what happened.
Can Employers Discriminate Based on Immigration Status?
When we look at California law (Lab. Code. §1171.5(a)), we can see that employers are not allowed to discriminate against any employee based on their immigration status. Specifically, the law says that “All protections, rights, and remedies available under state law, except any reinstatement remedy prohibited by federal law, are available to all individuals regardless of immigration status who have applied for employment, or who are or have been employed in this state.”
For a person to bring a discrimination claim based on their immigration status, they will need to prove the following:
That they are an immigrant from another country
That their job performance was satisfactory or that they were qualified for the job
They were subjected to discriminatory conduct
That other employee who was not immigrants were not subjected to the same type of discriminatory actions by the employer
When it comes to discriminatory actions on the part of the employer, this can mean a wide variety of things, including the following:
Differentiated treatment from non-immigrant workers
If you have any questions about whether or not the type of workplace behaviors you were subjected to should be considered discrimination, please reach out to a skilled workplace discrimination attorney as soon as possible.
We also want to highlight the fact that both state and federal law prohibit discrimination based on a person’s natural origin, discrimination based on a person’s ancestor’s place of birth, and discrimination based on association with persons of a different national origin group.
Wages for legal or undocumented immigrants
California labor laws protect any person engaged in employment activities in the state. Any person who works must be paid under California law. This includes minimum wage protections and overtime protections for undocumented immigrants. It does not matter whether or not a person has legal citizenship status – they are entitled to pay for the work that they do.
Call our Los Angeles immigration discrimination attorney today
If you have experienced discrimination in your workplace based on your immigration or citizenship status, please contact The Rager Law Firm for help as soon as possible. Our Los Angeles wrongful termination attorneys have vast resources available to use to fully investigate these claims, and we will not back down until we are able to help you secure the compensation and closure that you deserve. When you need a Los Angeles immigration discrimination attorney, you can contact us for a free consultation by clicking here or calling us at 310-527-6994.
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