New York bill targets workplace immigration discrimination

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Letitia James delivers a victory speech after winning the primary election for attorney general Thursday, Sept. 13, 2018, in New York. James would become the first black woman to hold statewide elected office in New York if she prevails in the general election. (AP Photo/Kevin Hagen)

NEW YORK (AP) — New York Atorney General Letitia James wants to change state law to make clear that it’s illegal for employers to retaliate against workers by threatening to report them to immigration authorities.

State law currently bars employers from firing, threatening, penalizing or otherwise discriminating against workers who report or blow the whistle on wage violations.

James’ legislation would expand the law’s definition of retaliatory conduct to include threats regarding a person’s immigration status.

Employers could face up to three months in jail and a $20,000 fine.

The Democrat’s proposal comes after a maid at President Donald Trump’s New Jersey golf club said a supervisor threatened her with deportation if she complained about allegedly abusive working conditions.

The Trump Organization has not responded to requests for comment on the specific allegations.

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