It is against the law for an employer to punish, discriminate against, or harm a worker in any way for trying to enforce their wage and hour rights. For example, an employer may not retaliate against a worker because the worker complained to Attorney General's Office or any other person about violation of the worker's rights (or a co-worker's rights).
Examples of retaliation
- firing a worker
- taking away pay or hours
- giving the worker undesirable assignments or shifts
- reporting the worker or the worker's family to immigration authorities
- threatening to punish the worker
- taking any other adverse action
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Immigrant workers are protected
Wage and hour laws apply to all workers, regardless of immigration status, including undocumented workers. If an employer reports or threatens to report a worker to immigration authorities because the worker complained about a violation of their rights, the employer can be prosecuted and/or subject to civil penalties.