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What to do if your employer threatens you over wage disputes

On Behalf of | May 28, 2024 | Employment Law

If your employer threatens you over a wage dispute, it can feel overwhelming. This is especially true if you are an undocumented worker. However, you have rights and options to protect yourself and your income.

Stay calm and document everything

First, stay calm and avoid reacting emotionally. Document every instance of the threat. Write down dates, times, and the exact words used. If possible, record conversations or keep written threats. This documentation will be crucial if you need to take legal action.

File a complaint

You can file a complaint with the Department of Labor (DOL) or your state’s labor agency. These organizations protect all workers, regardless of immigration status. Provide them with your documentation and any other evidence of the threats and wage disputes. The DOL can investigate your claim and take action against your employer if necessary.

Know your rights

Understand that federal and state laws protect you from retaliation, even if you are undocumented. Your employer cannot legally threaten you for asserting your right to fair wages. If they do, they are violating the law, and you can take action to hold them accountable.

Build a support network

Connect with community organizations that support undocumented workers. These groups can provide resources, advice, and support during this challenging time.

Focus on your safety

While pursuing your case, prioritize your safety. If you feel physically threatened, contact local law enforcement, explaining your situation and providing evidence of the threats. Your safety and well-being come first.

Confronting an employer who issues threats can be intimidating, but you are not alone in this struggle. Remember that you have rights, regardless of your immigration status.