Question by Mad Kat: Will behavior like this stop employers from hiring illegals?
Do you believe if employers know these criminals will sue them, do you think it will stop them from hiring illegals?
What is your opinion of this illegal allowed to sue and wins?
Illegal sues for higher pay – and wins!
Aliens demand companies shell out minimum wage or face state investigation
Posted: January 06, 2009
9:50 pm Eastern
© 2009 WorldNetDaily
Outraged at his low pay and uncompensated overtime, an illegal alien in Boston filed a complaint with the Massachusetts attorney general’s office against a supermarket – and won his case.
The illegal alien from Guatemala spoke to the Boston Globe anonymously because he feared deportation.
“I was just collecting what was rightfully owed to me,” he said in Spanish. “They already pay us a miserable amount of money. Why do they have to rob us?”
The alien spent years at a Super 88 supermarket seafood counter earning an hour instead of the state’s an hour minimum wage. He grew frustrated as the supermarket did not compensate him for his overtime work.
One day, he decided to gather his pay stubs into a plastic bag and deliver them to a lawyer – who turned them over to the state attorney general’s office.
To his surprise, Super 88 was ordered to provide back pay and fines of 0,000 to more than 300 workers, the Globe reported.
Illegal aliens now make up 17 percent of Massachusetts’ workers – twice the state’s 1980 workforce. Authorities have expressed concern that employers sometimes exploit illegals because they believe aliens will not report them to state labor authorities.
“It’s a huge problem,” Russ Davis, executive director of Massachusetts Jobs with Justice, told the Globe. “We really need some major way to address it, and if not, the economy in Massachusetts is going to spiral down into sweatshop conditions.”
Super 88’s owners are said to be Vietnamese immigrants who did were not aware with the state’s labor laws. Now they are paying penalties and back wages and are subject to state monitoring.
According to the report, Attorney General Martha Coakley has staffed bilingual employees, allowed complaints to be filed in 90 languages and provided logbooks to nonprofit organizations to help illegal aliens track their hours.
Now state officials are implementing a no tolerance policy for companies that don’t compensate illegals.
In November, 764 former workers at a New Bedford factory raided by U.S. immigration agents won an 0,000 settlement. The company was forced to pay overtime wages.
In May, C-Mart Supermarket in Chinatown was forced to pay ,000 for not adhering to state minimum wage.
The seafood worker from Super 88, a father of five, said he worked 14 hours every day, six days a week since 2004 at the rate. He said he applied there after his job painting houses for an hour became too hazardous. He was working without a harness and standing on old ladders.
“It’s like we’re worth nothing,” he said. “I was worried. But I was also worried about my family because I had to send them money.”
According to the Globe, the attorney general’s office never asks about a worker’s citizenship status because officials claim their intention is to enforce state law – not federal immigration law.
Steve Kropper, cochair of Massachusetts Citizens for Immigration Reform, said illegals are not entitled to minimum wage because they are not citizens.
“No government resources should be devoted to the rights of people who are here illegally,” he said. “They broke the law by being here. They had no right to the job.”
I think it is totally disgusting when he should not have even been employed in the first place!!!!
Answer by Paula
As soon as the case was filed in court, the INS should have investigated the company.
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