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Workers' Rights



Palma, et al. v. National Labor Relations Board
A case whose main issue is whether the decision in Hoffman Plastic Compounds, Inc. v. NLRB prevents the NLRB from awarding back pay to unauthorized workers who never presented false documents and were wrongfully fired, in violation of the NLRA, for asserting workplace rights.
(Before the NLRB, the case is known as Mezonos Maven Bakery, Inc. and Puerto Rican Legal Defense and Education Fund, 29-CA-25476.)

U.S. Chamber of Commerce v. Whiting
Lawsuit challenging the Legal Arizona Workers Act.
(Formerly known as U.S. Chamber of Commerce v. Candelaria. The original case filed in the federal district court was Arizona Contractors Association, Inc., et al. v. Criss Candelaria, et al.)

National Immigration Law Center v. Department of Homeland Security
Lawsuit alleging that immigration officials violated the Freedom of Information Act by failing to release information about the mistreatment of workers detained during a Feb. 2008 workplace raid in Los Angeles.

National Lawyer's Guild v. Chertoff
Lawsuit challenging U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) policy and practice of excluding attorneys from interviews with workers detained after a 2/08 Los Angeles worksite raid.

Castellanos-Contreras, et al. v. Decatur Hotels, LLC, et al.
Guest workers expose hotelier's scheme to profit from immigrant labor while excluding African Americans.

Workers' Rights – not litigated by NILC

Chamber of Commerce of the United States et al. v. Edmondson, et al.
Lawsuit challenging Oklahoma Law: 25 Okla. Stat § 1313(B)&(C) AND 68 Okla. Stat. § 2385.32.

Hoffman Plastic Compounds, Inc. v. NLRB
Information about U.S. Supreme Court decision barring undocumented worker from receiving back-pay remedy for unlawful firing.

Rivera, et al. v. NIBCO, Inc., et al.
Regarding plaintiffs' rights with respect to employers' inquiries into their immigration status.