Federal Agencies Issue Fact Sheet Reminding Employers that Retaliation Against Employees Who Assert Workplace Rights Is Unlawful, Regardless of Their Immigration Status

Federal Agencies Issue Fact Sheet Reminding Employers that Retaliation Against Employees Who Assert Workplace Rights Is Unlawful, Regardless of Their Immigration Status

by Robert L. Rediger, Esq.

Announced on January 10, 2017, several federal agencies, including the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), Department of Labor (DOL), Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and others, have issued a joint “fact sheet” reminding employers that retaliation against workers who assert workplace rights is unlawful, regardless of the workers’ immigration status. Declaring that “in some cases, employers may exploit immigration status to discourage workers from asserting their rights,” the agencies’ brief Fact Sheet summarizes the federal law enforced by the particular agency, and informs the reader where to find additional information, and how to make a complaint or file a charge with an agency regarding an alleged violation of the law. The Fact Sheet, titled “Retaliation Based on Exercise of Workplace Rights Is Unlawful,” is available in 15 different languages.