Labor Department Working on Immigrant Wage Claims

By: AP
By: AP

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) _ The Kansas Department of Labor and a Hispanic advocacy group are seeking wage claims against employers who refuse to pay immigrant workers.

So many workers complained about labor abuses to the Sunflower Community Action group that Hispanic leaders called on Kansas Labor
Secretary Jim Garner for help. Garner appointed a Spanish-speaking liaison to assist workers with formally filing claims against employers.

Department of Labor spokeswoman Megan Ingmire downplayed the
immigration aspect. She says the state agency is not doing anything
different with Sunflower Community Action than it would for any
other group.

Ingmire says the department doesn't ask about immigration status
when investigating an unpaid wage claim.

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