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Immigration Status Blocked In Wage Lawsuit

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A lawsuit heard in the federal 6th Circuit Court regarding overtime pay for illegal immigrants is set to go to trial in July, after U.S. Magistrate Judge Bruce Guyton ruled to block immigration status from being used to defeat the suit.

The case involves 21 Hispanic employees of Baird Tree Co. Inc.,  who were contracted by the Knoxville Utilities Board (KUB) and who are suing the company for refusing to pay overtime wages. Some of the employees are illegal immigrants, and as reported by the, Baird knew they were illegal when they were hired. Baird denies they had any knowledge of illegal status and claim the workers had fake documents.

Baird wants the lawsuit dismissed, saying that illegal immigrants have no legal right to recover wages that they legally can’t earn. reported that Judge Guyton wrote in his ruling that , “Courts have held that immigration status is not … relevant where a worker seeks wages that were previously earned through actual work,” Guyton wrote. “Thus, the court finds … (Baird workers’) immigration status is not relevant to their claims and, therefore, (the workers) will not be required to (disclose) their immigration status.” disclaimer: This article: Immigration Status Blocked In Wage Lawsuit was posted on Thursday, June 23rd, 2011 at 7:07 pm at and is filed under Employment Lawsuits.

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