Skip to comments.Employees Urged to Seek Wage Rights
Posted on 04/06/2010 1:33:18 PM PDT by Red in Blue PA
The Labor Department is encouraging low-wage and immigrant workers to turn in employers who are shortchanging their pay, as part of an expanding effort to enforce wage and hour rules.
Labor Secretary Hilda Solis launched a campaign last week called "We Can Help," asking workers in industries from construction to food services to notify the agency of suspected wage and hour violations.
The agency is also relying on tips from worker advocacy groups, widening efforts by the Obama administration to enlist activist groups to help with enforcement in a range of sectors from toy safety to distracted driving.
However, business groups are expressing concern that the Labor Department's effort will generate unfounded complaints.
Ms. Solis, a Hispanic-American, has signaled from early in her tenure that stepping up enforcement of wage and hour rules would be a high priority. The Labor Department's wage and hour division recently hired more than 250 additional investigatorsan increase of one thirdand is rolling out a publicity campaign that includes bilingual public-service announcements in Spanish and English.
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But do not, under any circumstances, check to see if the workers are here illegally. What a country!
The full scale assault on Americans has begun.
Actually, a good idea.
Reduces incentive for scumbag employers to hire illegals over citizens.
If a company broke the law and knowingly hired illegals in order to save a buck, then it fully deserves to get screwed over like this.
Will the firms who did this also get slapped for hiring illegals in the first place?
The trouble is that the penalties for wage-hour are chicken feed compared to those for EEO.
Wouldn’t it be great if this was just a ruse to identify illegals and their lawbreaking employers ?
Well, if you employed illegals, you knew you were taking your chances.
Screw all such employers. They are the entities making staying here so attractive, and are protecting these same illegals in other ways to cover themselves.
I say give them the back wages but mail them to their addresses in Mexico.
And if I seek American Rights I am a racist?
All illegals need to be deported or imprisoned, the border sealed, and all who try to sneak back in should receive an armed response from our government, who is supposed to be protecting us from this invasion.
employers have learned to 1099 the employee for every penny after the settlement.
What the lawyer does not take the IRS does.
The employee remains peniless.
It would be good if they did. These companies should be fined for all of the costs imposed on government by illegals. These companies are all guilty of shifting part of their labor costs onto the taxpayers. I'd make them pay for all of the "free" schooling, health care, welfare, housing assistance, etc. that these illegals cost us, and then a very hefty penalty on top of that. Suck it out of the company owners' personal bank accounts if you have to.
I would dare say half the problem of illegals is caused by all these companies that want to hire them. Get rid of the demand for illegals and that will make some dent in the supply of illegals.
So true, we have but a short time to regain this nation.
Is there a single industry left in this country that the Obama administration hasn’t set out to destroy?
Yes, yes, come forth “immigrant” workers.
Report your employers.
They’re the ones keeping your illegal alien butts here.
Sure! What the hell? Might as well.
Never mind the employees wages. They're lucky to get paid at all. They don't belong here anyway. The employers are working against the people of their own country, and I think they should pay a heavy price for it.
No hiring illegals. Stop the incentives. Stop the invasion.
Unfortunately I suspect the SEIU is waiting in the wings to make sure the illegals won’t feel any pain or even lose their jobs.
how about carve out an exception to retaliation.
reporting an illegal alien is not retaliation.
Starting from 4 months ago or so, in San Francisco illegals pulled over and found not to have a driver’s license are given a mobile cell phone call to a friend, and then 30 minutes of waiting time for a friend to come and drive their car away.
All others must submit to TOWING —something that costs about $400 (a year ago).
This is special treament.
I also heard that after Cinqo de Mayo, there will be no sobriety checkpoints in the Mission District cuz of allegations of “ethnic targeting”. 2 years ago about HALF of all drivers were completely drunk, and it was pandimonium (at night).
After the word gets out I shudder to contemplate what it will be like this year...
If these employers are hiring illegal aliens and paying them less than they would otherwise pay an American Citizen for the same work, then I frankly am all for the government going after them and closing them down.
minimum wage for illegal immigrants! LOL.
Last fall some 1200 illegal janitors working in Minneapolis were busted. The SEIU stepped in and made sure there was no real punishment for the illegals but I bet the companies that hired them are hurting today.
No, that would make you a 'nativist'. Maybe a 'nationalist'.
But, trust liberals not to pay much attention. Words don't mean anything, anymore.
Did Obama meet with his black ministers yet? There’s not much that the black and Hispanic constituencies would agree on for immigration—but not having underpaid illegals undercut low-skill black workers on wages might be one of them.
Yup. One sided justice from the obama administration.
A new front has been opened in the class warfare struggle.
BTW did you hear about the restrictive conditions that prevent us from using nukes>
same with “the tea party is R”
A treaty with Putin next week.
Last week it was dissing bibi.
And dont forget “the WH scolds Karzai.”
Now, it’s pitting illegals vs business owners.
Health care is moving off center stage. But keep manufacturing “crises”.
We are in the midst of events being orchestrated according to Cloven=Piven.
Course maybe that's a good thing.
Working off the books is a logical extension of being here illegally but working off the books and employing people off the books is a time honored practice by citizens as well. It is not a practice confined to illegals.
With all of the new entitlements and entitlement expansions, not to mention taxes, the incentive to go underground has increased dramatically.
Do you really think illegals will turn in there empoyers? If they do this who is going to hire them??
I say sent illegals home and put employeers in jail for hiring in first place the Government knows who these employer are don’t kid yourself.
Why is this a bad idea? It exposes the employers who are hiring illegal immigrants (which IS illegal) and paying them below minimum wage (also illegal).
Unless I’ve read it wrong....This is simply following laws already on the books.
Maybe we should suggest to Obama that the illegals are being exploited and they should have to pay illegals 10x as much a legal workers....
Might just work....
Sounds like a plan to me.
It also gives rights to people who are here ILLEGALLY.
That’s been talked about for awhile. Nothing new.
It also gives the demorats an HUGE data base of those that they can call on to register to vote after President Odumbo issues and executive order that gives ALL workers citizen status.
Think I am a little off?
Did you think that we would unilaterally disarm ourselves of our nuclear deterrence, AFTER 11 September 2001?
They shouldnt even be hired by anyone! They are illegal aliens. They arnt supposed to be here. Employers hiring them for below minimum wage instead of hiring unemployed Americans looking for a job should be punished.
Federal Government to Day Laborers “WE’RE HERE TO HELP”
That’s how *I’d* use it if I were in charge...but I’m not. ;-)
Lawyers, I haven't seen any "Will sue for food" signs, yet.