Legal Question in Employment Law in California

My father used to work for a company that had him working with hazardous chemicals without the proper equipment. He is not a citizen but is here legally. He doesn't know if he will getinto any trouble for reporting his coughing to his doctor. I'd like to know if he would risk deportation for coming forward, and we would like to know our legal options. Thank you

Asked on 12/30/12, 8:24 am

3 Answers from Attorneys


He is covered under worker's compensation laws. The fact that he is not a citizen or undocumented worker fmakes no difference. Feel free to call us at 213.388.7070 for a free consultatation.

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Answered on 12/30/12, 11:17 am
Robert Worth Robert J. Worth , Professional Law Corporation

He may also be a whistleblower for reporting unhealthy working conditions. Workers reporting a dangerous/toxic working condition that effects other employes' health are protected and any retaliation would be evidence of a wrongful termination. I hope this helps.

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Answered on 12/30/12, 3:34 pm
Terry A. Nelson Nelson & Lawless

He could not be deported if he is here legally. Plus, no retaliation is allowed against him for reporting safety issues or illegal conduct. Report it not only to his doctor but to Cal-OSHA and EPA now, do not wait. If he is in any way retaliated against, contact me. He should also consult with a local WCAB attorney if the doctor says he has health issues from on job exposure.

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Answered on 12/30/12, 10:48 pm

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