CAAA TEAMS WITH CHIRLA TO FIGHT ANTI-IMMIGRATION BIAS; PROTECT WORKPLACE INJURY RIGHTS -
CAAA PRESS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Monday, October 6, 2014
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EL MONTE, CA - The California Applicants’ Attorneys Association (CAAA), whose members represent Californians injured on the job, today joined with the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles (CHIRLA) in protecting the rights of immigrant defense workers at Vinyl Technologies, Inc. (VT) of Monrovia, who were recently dismissed in the wake of an immigration inspection.
CAAA President Bernardo de la Torre spoke at a meeting of the dismissed workers last evening, “It is common for employers to knowingly hire undocumented immigrants, and then deny them their workplace rights, like the right to file a workers’ compensation insurance claim for on the job injuries. These unscrupulous employers take advantage of the fear of arrest or deportation to deny workers the right to get medical treatment and disability compensation for workplace injuries. CAAA is going to work with CHIRLA to help protect the rights of these workers. California law does not discriminate against undocumented immigrants hurt on the job, and neither should any employer.”
De la Torre said the advice and assistance to the dismissed workers about their workplace rights is one part of CAAA’s fight to eliminate gender, racial and anti-immigrant bias by workers’ compensation insurers and employers.
De la Torre said, “Gov. Wilson barred undocumented immigrants from receiving compensation for workplace injuries from the Uninsured Employers Fund (UEF), for claims against employers who refused to buy insurance coverage. CAAA aims to end this and other discrimination against immigrants. If undocumented immigrants are hired by employers, then those workers’ on the job injuries should be treated like any other Californian’s.”
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