Posted by Curt on 20 October, 2005 at 3:46 pm. Be the first to comment!


What freaking bullshit this is:

Illegal immigrants injured on the job are entitled to workers’ compensation benefits despite their legal status, a California state appeals court ruled.

The 2nd District Court of Appeal ruled in a case involving Torrance-based coffee roaster Farmer Bros. Co., which had tried to deny workers’ comp benefits to an employee who was in the country illegally.

Farmers Bros. argued that federal immigration laws superseded the state’s workers’ comp system, which provides medical care and disability benefits to injured employees.

The court disagreed, upholding an earlier decision against Farmer Bros. by the state Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board.

“California law has expressly declared immigration status irrelevant to the issue of liability to pay compensation to an injured worker,” the three-judge panel said in a unanimous ruling issued late Monday.

The plaintiff, Rafael Ruiz, 35, claimed he injured his shoulders, back, neck and hands by repeatedly lifting heavy sacks of coffee beans, according to his attorney’s case file.

[…]Some advocates for tougher immigration control criticized the ruling.

“We can’t reward people for breaking the law,” said Andy Ramirez, a spokesman for Friends of the Border Patrol, a Covina-based group that sends members to patrol the U.S. border with Mexico.

The state Department of Finance estimated that 2.6 million illegal immigrants live in California.

So someone breaking the law is entitled to worker’s comp, but what do you think would happen if a legal citizen were to lie to workers comp? What a crazy world we live in.

The only good thing to come out of this may be that those companies who try to save money by hiring illegals, thinking that these kind of laws would not apply, will now have to rethink their practice.

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