Skip to comments.Iowa Supreme Court: Undocumented workers eligible for workers’ comp benefits
Posted on 11/17/2013 6:30:08 AM PST by iowamark
The Iowa Supreme Court ruled on Friday that undocumented workers are eligible to receive workers compensation benefits.
The case, Staff Management v. Jimenez, wound its way up through the court system after Pascuala Jimenez, an undocumented worker from Mexico, had two hernias while assigned to a job at Proctor & Gamble in Iowa City through temporary employment agency Staff Management.
Before her injury, she worked as a line leader and supervisor, packing shampoo bottles into boxes and placing boxes onto pallets.
In 2007, Jimenez began having abdominal pain and was later diagnosed with two hernias, which required surgery. She continued to have pain and complications after her surgery, which affected her ability to work.
By January 2008, Staff Management fired Jimenez, stating that Jimenz did not have authorization to work in the United States. The temp agency said it was notified in November 2006 through E-Verify, a federal program that verifies employment authorization, that her name and social security number did not match with social security records.
Jimenez and Staff Management were at odds over the decision for her termination. Jimenez claimed it was because of her injury, while the temp agency said it was due to her undocumented worker status.
Jimenezs health problems persisted and in July 2009, claiming that her persistent problems stemmed from her initial surgery, she applied for workers compensation benefits. A deputy workers compensation commissioner ordered Staff Management to pay for her medical expenses and future medical care, but the temp agency appealed the ruling, stating that Jimenez was ineligible for benefits under the Iowa Workers Compensation Act because she was an undocumented worker.
The case eventually made its way to the Supreme Court, which ruled that an undocumented worker is within the states meaning of an employee, that an employment contract with an undocumented worker does not inherently have an illegal purpose, and it is [ed. not] void as illegal merely because the contract is with an undocumented worker, and that the Immigration Reform and Control Act, which makes it unlawful for employers to hire undocumented workers, does not preempt Iowa workers compensation law.
It looks like we need to start randomly “piss testing” our so called judges.
NEVER! Never ever hire a Mexican crew to work on your home. Especially for roof or paint work - anything involving ladders, heavy lifting or anything like that.
If they do not have Worker’s Compensation insurance they can sue you and put a lien on your home, too.
If I have anyone work on my home I make them show me a copy of their insurance policy first, and I never hire illegals no matter how cheap they are.
This country is lost. The cancer of liberalism and its parasitic practioners and supporters have destroyed it and any hope for restoration to its former greatness.
Where do I sign up?
National suicide by courts.
PEW REPORT The US is the most important source of remittances to Latin America, accounting for 3/4's of last year's $52.9 billion total. -- wire transfers of US tax dollars accounted for the highest percentage of GDP in El Salvador (16.5%), Honduras (15.7%) and Guatemala 10%).-- The US is No. 1 nation from which illegals' wire transfers originate, sending $123.3 billion abroad in 2012.
FUN-FILLED FACTS Amazing how much discretionary income these low-wage illegals send back home....illegals barely eking out an existence on sub-minimum wages, in jobs like lawn-mowing and hamburger serving.
ANOTHER FUN-FILLED FACT A latino woman residing in California, who spoke not a word of English, had a $100,000 nest egg and lived in a paid-up $100,000 home. She was on TV b/c she lost the nest egg to a father/son con game. The conmen were also latinos who got filthy rich preying on non-English speaking latinos in low-paying jobs who had thousands of dollars to invest.
THE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC is a Caribbean nation notorious for corrupt governments. US politicians' frequent the DR "amenities" at its posh resorts; rock stars and celebrities relax at luxe villas spending big bucks there.
NOTE Recent travel brochures report that the DR has no safety net or state-sponsored job creation for its largely impoverished citizenry.
THIRD WORLD MONEY LAUNDERING IN AMERICA The one million Dominican citizens currently living illegally in the US send home about a billion US dollars annually---which is considered by the corrupt do-nothing DR govt to be a major source of state revenue. A steady exodus leaves for US shores lured by the endless US gravy train. Money laundering is rampant in the form of Dominican here on food stamps/welfare. etc, laundering EBT cards through corrupt grocers--- where cash is handed out from EBT cards, then sent to the DR.
THE MODUS OPERANDI (1) using multiple identities, and, (2) falsifying official Govt documents. The scam up-close---getting food stamps (which they apparently do not need), using EBT cards for food, and shipping EBT food to the Third World where the food is sold for profit.
NY POST EXCLUSIVE REPORT New York food stamp recipients ship welfare-funded groceries to Jamaica, Dominican Republic, Haiti....and so on. Tax-subsidized food stamps are paying to buy and ship food to Jamaica, Haiti and the Dominican Republic....where the food is sold for profit.
A spokeswoman for the US Dept of Agricultures Food and Nutrition Service said the $86 BILLION welfare program is reserved for poor US households that buy and prepare food. "States should intervene if people are caught shipping non-perishables abroad", she said.
A senior fellow at the Cato Institute called it another example of welfare abuse. The purpose of this program is to help Americans who dont have enough to eat. This is not intended as a form of foreign aid. As an example, US taxpayers spent $522.7 million on foreign aid to the Caribbean last fiscal year, govt data show.
HERE'S HOW The "needy connivers" buy barrels available in supermarkets in latino enclaves---then ship them filled with $500 to $2,000 worth of EBT-paid groceries to Third World---where the groceries are sold for cash.
Pioneer Supermarket, Brooklyn sells blue plastic
barrels for $40 each used to ship food bought e/ tax-subsidized EBT cards to the Caribbean.
“NEVER! Never ever hire a Mexican crew to work on your home. Especially for roof or paint work - anything involving ladders, heavy lifting or anything like that.”
That’s a fact. Besides, they are notoriously sloppy workers (i.e., they do a sloppy, half-assed job).
You should make sure the company you hire has workmans comp insurance and liability insurance. There are a lot of companies without insurance, whether they are Mexicans or whites or blacks, especially in home construction and repair. Most of them will lie to you about their insurance. Say an electrician or a plumber has to get his license renewed each year and the city board requires that he have a bare minimum of liability so they pay the insurance company to get the policy in force to get the license renewed then stop making their monthly payments and the policy lapses. Asking the guy to show you his insurance policy is not adequate. Insist that his insurance agent send you a proof of insurance certificate.
Most homeowners don't do this because they have homeowners insurance.
How far is this from a (so far) mythical headline, “People Who Never Bought Life Ins Entitled to Death Benefits”?
Take away the incentive to come here as an illegal.
And if the taxpayers are stupid enough to continue to allow BS like this to continue.......they get and deserve everything they vote for.
I would think if you were here illegally you wouldn’t be able to benefit or profit from that act under the law.But then again I’m not a lawyer so I guess under this line of reasoning a bank robber can keep the cash since he “earned” it practicing his profession.
I have no doubt that the courts will rule that illegal aliens have a right to subsidized health care under Obamacare, also. So there goes another Obama “promise.”
The problem with some of these judges, is that they don’t have a healthy fear of the Citizens.
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P&G would not pay it, since this babe was hired through a temp firm.
If the temp firm was paying for UI and WC, and passing on the charges to P&G, then we have another angle to discuss.
Am curious why eVerify showed her as a legal worker in the first place ...
This is on the employers. Hire Illegals? Then pay up.