California Labor Commissioner reports more employers are using I.C.E. to prevent employers from reporting on workplace violations.

LA, California- “The deal the worker struck was simple: $150 a day to tile a bathroom and stucco the walls of a home in Arcadia. The pay was to come at the end of each day but never did, according to a lawsuit filed in Los Angeles County Superior Court by the California labor commissioner.

After six days with no pay, the lawsuit alleges, the worker finally confronted his boss, who then snapped, called him a “wetback” and threatened to report him to immigration authorities….

‘What employers seek to do by making the threat is force the employee to back off,” she said. “It’s to intimidate them into silence and also have a chilling effect on the rest of the workplace,” said Judy Su, California Labor Commissioner.'” Read more from the LA Times Article here.

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