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Payments for Injuries to Workers Here Illegally

As reported in the New York Times today, three illegal immigrants who suffered work injuries in construction accidents in New York were awarded settlements totalling $3.85 million in the past two weeks. Attorneys representing the three men said that the settlements demonstrated that illegal workers should not be afraid to sue their employers if they are hurt on the job.  And, Joel Magallán, the executive director of the Latino advocacy organization Association Tepeyac  commented that undocumented laborers should stand up to abusive employment practices. “We have a lot of employers who are intimidating the workers,” he said. “They usually tell them they could be deported to their home countries if they are claiming any case.”

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