Undocumented Workers and Challenges to Obtaining Workers’ Compensation Benefits

3:10 – 4:00 pm

Grand Ballrooms 4 – 6
Convention Level

Nearly every state recognizes the right of the undocumented worker to access and participate in the workers’ compensation system. The recognition of this entitlement is widely accepted by lawmakers and courts as necessary to protect the integrity of our workers’ compensation systems, to promote workplace safety, to avoid the creation of added financial incentives for those who seek to knowingly hire undocumented labor, and to curtail the burden of cost-shifting upon the taxpaying public. While our legal systems openly maintain a principled commitment to equal access, measures affecting the tacit and even explicit abridgment of these rights are also noted with increasing frequency. The impact of these measures is compounded by the challenges already experienced by injured undocumented workers as a function of their practical reality within society. This presentation will explore the various impediments faced by injured undocumented workers navigating our workers’ compensation systems.

Shannon Cambridge Lindsey
Shannon Cambridge Lindsey, Attorney at Law
Slidell, LA


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