Written By a Law Clerk for Lagomarsino Law: Robert Maxey
Having a dream and living it are two very different things. It takes courage and determination to make your dream happen. For many people we never get to see our dreams come true or even have the chance to experience them. For others they refuse to give up until they achieve their goals. We live a life of privilege and opportunity within the United States where most dreams are within reach if we work hard enough. Many countries around the globe do not have this support system or opportunity; if you are born destitute you forced to stay that way until you die.
Large quantities of people seek to immigrate to the Untied States legally every year through visa’s and citizenship. However we possess such privilege and opportunity that people are willing to risk their lives in order to have. Illegal immigration has been on a steady incline for years and many individuals who come here do so at their own peril risking assault, abuse and death. We must not take our privilege for granted.
Both those who immigrate her legally and illegally still face similar challenges once in the United States. Language barriers can create an inequality whereby immigrants can be taken advantage of. Within southern California where many immigrants from Central America live people are attempting to unionize an industry that exploits both legal and illegal immigration. The industry in question is the car wash industry.
Recently Tomas Rodriguez of Hidalgo, Mexico, was awarded $80,000 by the Los Angeles County Superior Court for back wages and damages. His suit describes a tyrannical system whereby immigrants were taken advantage for being ignorant of their rights. In his suit he alleges he was forced to be at work hours before he was actually allowed to clock in. He describes the carwash industry as a corrupt one where immigrants are often hired below minimum wage, forced to work hours without pay and in some instances forced to work only for tips.
Rodriguez said that after workers were hired to work only for tips his hours for work were cut so severely that he couldn’t afford to eat or pay rent. He relied on collecting cans and bottles like many homeless do in order to make ends meet. In his suit he alleges the owners used strong-arm tactics and threats to scare employees into obedience.
People come to America because we are the land of the free and criminal activity, which exploits and abuses people, is unacceptable. Since the industrial revolution we have made giant strides in labor laws in order to eliminate and remove servitude and wage slavery. When an entire industry engages in this oppressive criminal practice it acts as a trap. People who enter the trap are frightened into submission, become dependent on their job to live and therefor cannot leave an abusive situation. If we believe in freedom then we must stand against tyranny.
A full article can be found here: Ex-carwash worker wins $80,000 lawsuit over labor violations
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