March 2016: Madia Law Fights For Injured, Undocumented Workers At MN Court Of Appeals
By Joshua A. Newville, Attorney, on March 6, 2016
Posted in Madia Law News, Minnesota Court of Appeals, Minnesota Human Rights Act (MHRA), National Origin Discrimination, Retaliation, Workers Compensation Retaliation, Wrongful Termination
On March 23, 2016, a three-judge panel of the Minnesota Court of Appeals will hold a non-oral hearing in Sanchez v. Dahlke Trailer Sales, Inc., No. 15-1183. The precedent-setting case has enormous implications for undocumented workers who are injured on the job in Minnesota.
Plaintiff A. Sanchez labored for Dahlke Trailer Sales, Inc. for almost nine years. Sanchez contends that from 2005 until 2013, Dahlke knowingly employed him as an undocumented worker. In addition to Dahlke receiving notice from the federal government that Sanchez’s Social Security number was invalid, Sanchez alleges that over his years of employment, Dahlke’s owners and managers directly asked him his immigration status, conversed with him about it, joked about it, and offered a stream of political commentary about him and immigration policy in general. Sanchez says that he was honest with Dahlke about his immigration status early on during his career with the company.