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Workers Turn Down Back Pay, Said to Fear Deportation

March 7, 2017, 4:09 PM

Some workers are declining back pay from the Labor Department because they fear being deported as part of President Donald Trump’s immigration crackdown, sources with direct knowledge of the situation tell Bloomberg BNA.

Workers across the country are telling DOL regional and district offices that they’re afraid to collect unpaid minimum wages and overtime or are refusing to confirm their address so that checks can be mailed, according to the sources. Many of those employees are believed to be shy about coming forward because they’re undocumented and not authorized to work in the country.

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