California legislature adds additional protections for immigrant workers

We are often asked by clients who have recently obtained work authorization and a valid Social Security number how they can inform their employers of the change without being punished for having used a different Social Security number in the past. Now, the answer is much clearer, thanks to California Assembly Bill 263, which went into effect in January, and the new bill, Assembly Bill 2751, which adds additional protections.

Under these new laws, employees are protected against adverse employment actions when they seek to change their name, social security number, or federal employment authorization document, unless the change relates to skills, qualifications, or knowledge required for the job. Employees who suffer such a violation at the hands of their employers are entitled to a $10,000 award for each violation.