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Dealing with wage and hour issues as an immigrant

by | Aug 2, 2019 | Wage And Hour |

Workers employed in various fields and from many different backgrounds may be subjected to different employee rights violations in the workplace, such as discrimination and sexual harassment. However, wage and hour violations are especially problematic, and some workers are particularly vulnerable in this regard. For example, those who have immigrated to the U.S. in order to develop their career may have an especially high chance of being taken advantage of, in some instances. If you have experienced any wage and hour violations as an immigrant, it is pivotal to take a firm stance and stick up for yourself.

There are a lot of reasons why immigrants can be particularly vulnerable when it comes to wage and hour violations such as denied overtime, denied breaks or even an employer’s failure to pay a worker minimum wage. For starters, immigrants may experience discrimination, which can manifest in various ways including violations regarding a worker’s pay. Moreover, workers may not be familiar with the laws and protections that are in place in the U.S., which could cause them to fail to recognize violations when they occur.

Unfortunately, some people who immigrate to the U.S. for work may also feel voiceless or afraid of speaking out. They may worry that taking action could affect their job and their ability to continue to live and work in the country. Any violations of an employee’s rights should be handled in a timely manner and those who have subjected their workers to mistreatment should be held answerable.