Many undocumented immigrants refrain from taking legal action against their employer for fear of being deported from the country.
To try to solve this problem, a new law came into force this year that seeks to grant greater guarantees of protection to immigrants who decide to report some type of labor abuse.
The US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced this new policy to protect immigrant workers who experience violations of their employment rights.
This policy seeks to provide immigrant workers with protection against deportation and will allow them to remain in the country while they seek justice, this through a deferred action mechanism that those affected can request.
But what is this delayed action mechanism?
Deferred action allows workers who have denounced the violation of their labor rights to continue in the country while the investigation into the labor case is ongoing.
In addition, immigrant workers who decide to cooperate with the investigation of the case may continue in the country for an additional two years, during which time they may request authorization to work legally in the country.
This measure is an important step in order to guarantee that undocumented migrant workers are not exploited and that their rights are respected, just like those of any other worker in the country.
By providing protection from deportation, DHS seeks to encourage immigrant workers not to remain silent in the face of injustices they may be experiencing.
At Lipeles we want to help in the fight to guarantee that undocumented immigrant workers receive fair treatment, remember that you can trust us if you or someone you know is experiencing a similar situation.