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New Protections For Illegal Alien Workers

Thomas M. Lee

Employers who employ illegal aliens often use threats to report them to the USCIS for deportation in response to being sued for unpaid wages or to force them to work for below minimum wages. Starting in 2014, such employers will face stiff civil and criminal penalties.

1) SB 666 provides that an employer’s business license can be suspended or revoked if they retaliate against anyone, including employees, on the basis of their immigration status. In addition, the employer can face a civil penalty up to $10,000 per violation.

2) AB 524 makes a threat to report the immigration status or suspected immigration status of an individual or the individual’s family constitute criminal and civil extortion. This law is not limited to employers and includes anyone.

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Mr. Lee is extremely knowledgeable when it comes to employment law. I was amazed by his tenacity and skill and in the end, I walked away with a settlement I was very happy about. I highly recommended him to anyone.

- Sarah G.

Earlier this year I was very confused about a legal employer/employee situation and needed professional advice. In my desire to move quickly on my situation I spent hours signing up for legal services (e.g. legal shield...

- Richard H., Los Angeles, CA

Hands down, the best immigration lawyer in Los Angeles that you could possibly find. Period. After an extremely poor experience with another law firm, which had come highly recommended by one of my company's attorneys...

- Robert K., Beverly Hills, CA

My old company was breaking some labor laws and I decided to look for some legal advice. I went to Tom to see what course of action I can take and when we sat down to talk about the details, I decided to hire him and his...

- Ethan Y., Orange, CA

It's quite rare to find a lawyer that sincerely cares about your best interest. Most employment lawyers are extremely hungry for business which makes them naturally have their best interest not mine. However, Tom truly...

- Jen T., Central LA, Los Angeles, CA

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