Debra Katz & Mehreen Rasheed Analyze New Immigration Policies in Law360

April 18, 2017

Katz Banks Kumin partner Debra Katz and associate Mehreen Rasheed co-authored a new article for Law360 entitled, “New Policies Pose Threat to Immigrant Workplace Rights.” In the article, Ms. Katz and Ms. Rasheed discuss how the Trump administration’s hard-line immigration policies have impacted immigrant workers’ rights. “While most workplace protections such as minimum wage and anti-discrimination laws apply to all employees regardless of immigration status, these assurances ring hollow to many immigrant workers given the administration’s aggressive rollout of its new immigration enforcement priorities,” they said. While the EEOC, Department of Labor and NLRB released a joint fact sheet at the beginning of the year detailing immigrants’ anti-retaliation rights, the Trump administration’s executive orders aimed at broadening immigration enforcement have done little to reassure members of the immigrant community of their rights in the workplace. Ms. Katz and Ms. Rasheed note, “Although the president’s new directives have not altered protection under these anti-retaliation laws per se, they certainly have had a very chilling effect as workers and their advocates fear that the implementation of the policies will adversely affect immigrant and especially workers living in the country without legal status who attempt to vindicate their rights under civil rights, whistleblower and labor laws.” To read the full story, click here.

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