Are you an undocumented worker who was injured at work in California? If so, you must know you have rights. You have the same rights as anyone else, regardless of your immigration status. Up ahead, we’ll outline workers’ compensation for undocumented workers in the state of California in more detail. But first, let’s explain what workers’ compensation is for those unfamiliar with this type of insurance.
Also known as “workers’ comp,” workers’ compensation refers to a type of insurance specifically designed to compensate workers injured on the job.
For example, let’s say you worked for a roofing company, and a faulty ladder caused you to fall from a great height. You suffered an injury in the fall and could not continue working for several months. Moreover, you accrued numerous medical bills due to your injuries.
In this case, workers’ compensation insurance, which would have been purchased and maintained by your employer, would cover your medical expenses, any unpaid wages caused by your inability to work, and other compensation, where necessary.
It is important to note that workers’ compensation insurance requirements vary by state, as well as by the type and size of the company you’re working for, the nature of your industry and your particular job, and several other factors.
Imagine you’re a field worker, a loader, an unloader, or a laborer in the state of California. Imagine you’re at Home Depot, just trying to find work to support your family.
You get hired, and you’re giving your body to the company. But then you sustain an injury on the job, and instantly, you become concerned that your employer will report you for your immigration status. You’re worried about not having the same legal rights as somebody who is here with a valid Social Security number.
We have good news for you. You don’t have to be concerned.
It’s important to know that you have rights. Yes, even as an undocumented worker. One of those rights is to take a break from labor work if you become injured on the job. This allows you to get medical treatment and heal and recover to get back in the workforce.
Those we have represented in this capacity are indeed the salt of the earth. I’ve never seen a group of people who works harder. If you’re reading this and you are an undocumented worker worried about your current situation, I want you to know that you have rights.
We are here to give a voice to the voiceless. If you have any questions about your legal entitlement, contact us today.