Calif. Immigrant Worker Bill Opens Door To More Wage Fights
By Erin Coe
Law360, San Diego (September 3, 2013, 10:31 PM EDT) -- A bill seeking to impose stiff penalties on employers that retaliate against immigrant workers for complaining about nonpayment of wages and other labor violations cleared a California Senate committee on Friday, and lawyers say that if it’s enacted, it could fuel more wage litigation in California and encourage other states to float similar legislation.
On a 5-2 vote, the state Senate Appropriations Committee passed A.B. 263, which would outlaw employers from engaging in unfair immigration-related practices, such as threatening to contact immigration or law enforcement officials,...