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Federal Government Challenges California’s “Sanctuary State” Status

  On Tuesday, the United States of America filed a lawsuit in federal court in Sacramento, naming California Governor Jerry Brown and Attorney General Xavier Becerra as defendants, and claiming that California’s proclaimed status as a “sanctuary state” puts federal agents in danger. Specifically, the lawsuit targets three state laws that became effective on January … Continue Reading

California Supreme Court Limits Recovery for Employees Who Misrepresent Their Immigration Status

On June 26, 2014, the California Supreme Court handed down Salas v. Sierra Chemical, a case at the intersection of employment and immigration law. Salas, a former employee of Sierra Chemical, filed suit alleging disability discrimination and wrongful termination. Prior to trial, Salas notified the court that he would assert a Fifth Amendment privilege to … Continue Reading

Detention Officers’ State Law Wage Claims Were Not Subject To Exclusive Federal Remedy

Naranjo v. Spectrum Sec. Services, 172 Cal. App. 4th 654 (2009) Gustavo Naranjo worked as a detention officer for Spectrum, which provides security services in holding facilities and detention centers throughout Los Angeles County under a contract with federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement (“ICE”). The terms of Spectrum’s contract with ICE rely on wage and … Continue Reading

State Law Sanctioning Employers That Hire Illegal Aliens Is Not Preempted By Federal Immigration Law

Chicanos Por La Causa, Inc. v. Napolitano, 544 F.3d 976 (9th Cir. 2008) In 2007, Arizona enacted the Legal Arizona Workers Act (the “Act”), which targets employers that hire illegal aliens and provides a principal sanction in the form of a revocation of state licenses to do business in Arizona. Various businesses and civil-rights organizations filed this … Continue Reading

Employer Breached Contract By Quickly Terminating Employees With “No Match” Letters From Social Security

Aramark Facility Services v. SEIU, 530 F.3d 817 (9th Cir. 2008) Aramark received letters from the Social Security Administration indicating that information relating to 48 of Aramark’s employees at Staples Center did not match the SSA’s database. Suspecting immigration violations, Aramark told the employees they had three days to correct the mismatches by proving they had … Continue Reading