AG: Company Underpaid Immigrant Home Health Aides, Threatened Deportation

Rich Lamb
September 13, 2019 - 3:56 pm
Letitia James

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NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — Immigrant home health aides were reportedly threatened with deportation if they asked to be paid the full amount of wages they were owed, according to New York’s attorney general.

Attorney General Letitia James said Friday that employees of Allcare Homecare Agency were supposed to be paid for a certain number of hours each day, but when they complained that they were missing pay, their bosses threatened them with deportation.

The company reportedly did an audit to find that a number of their employees were in the country illegally and would use that information to withhold pay.

“When they uncovered that these 13 were undocumented, they were fired,” James said. “When they sought to get their unpaid wages, they were told that they would be reported to ICE. And as a result of that, they contacted our office and we uncovered, as a result of our investigation, other labor violations.”

The attorney general notes that threatening deportation and retaliation is as immoral as it is illegal.

The company will pay $450,000 in cash and benefits to more than 100 workers for owed wages. Each threatened worker will also receive $8,000 for emotional distress.  

James' office notes over 60% of home health aides are immigrants, and over 90% are women.