A: Yes. Contrary to what many unethical employers believe, undocumented workers are protected by the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and entitled to back wages and earned overtime pay. As a result, if you worked for an employer who paid you less than minimum wage, or was not paid overtime for hours worked, you may be entitled to back pay. Your employer cannot refuse to pay you because of your immigration status or raise that as a defense in your claim. If employers did not have to pay undocumented workers, undocumented workers would be subject to even more abuses in the workplace. It is important to recognize that undocumented workers have the right to be paid the legal minimum wage and overtime rates. In New York State, the current minimum wage is $7.25 per hour and eligible workers are entitled overtime pay (1.5 times your hourly rate) for all hours worked over 40 hours in a work week.
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