Can Undocumented Employees Receive
Workers' Compensation Benefits?
California Labor Code Section 1171.5 assures undocumented immigrants and illegal aliens have all the protections allowed under State law.
Bottom line, you have a right to workers’ compensation regardless of your immigration status.
Also, it is not mandatory to list a social security number in order to file a workers’ compensation claim.
California law punishes employers who threaten or retaliate against workers based on citizenship or immigration status with a civil fine of up to $10,000 and suspension or revocation of their business licenses.
In addition, California law protects undocumented immigrants and illegal aliens by establishing their right to sue for harassment and discrimination in the workplace.
California precedent also allows undocumented immigrants and illegal aliens to seek damages for unpaid overtime wages, minimum wages, and meal/rest periods violations.
Although California Labor Code protections are in place, employer discrimination can be very difficult to prove.
Contact a skillful workers compensation attorney from Reyes & Associates today. We take pride in providing clear answers.
Our job is to protect your rights, plan a strategy for your case, gather information to support your claim, keep track of deadlines, and represent you in hearings before a workers’ compensation judge.